Alex McHenry starts for Munster with Jack Crowley set to feature from the bench

Alex McHenry starts for Munster with Jack Crowley set to feature from the bench

Alex McHenry at Munster training recently. The Cork Constitution player makes his first Pro14 start against Edinburgh. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

ALEX McHenry makes his first Guinness Pro14 start for Munster against Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Saturday, while highly-rated young Bandon out-half Jack Crowley is on the bench. 

The game at 7.35pm will be live on eir Sport and Premier Sports and there are seven changes to the side that defeated Scarlets.

Match-winner in Wales Ben Healy starts at 10 as he joins Craig Casey in the half backs. 

McHenry is named alongside Rory Scannell; the youngster is a talented athlete and impressed for Cork Con in the AIL in recent season.

In the back three Matt Gallagher makes his Munster debut on the left-wing joining Andrew Conway and Mike Haley.

Jeremy Loughman comes into the front row to pack down with Rhys Marshall and John Ryan while Fineen Wycherley joins Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

The backrow change sees Tommy O’Donnell included with Jack O’Donoghue making the move to blindside, and CJ Stander captains the side.

In the replacements Roman Salanoa and academy number 10 Crowley are in line to make their Munster debuts, while Conor Murray and Dan Goggin return from respective thigh and ankle injuries to be included.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry, Rory Scannell, Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (c).

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Roman Salanoa, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Dan Goggin.

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