Billy Holland captains a Munster team to face Scarlets with a strong Cork flavour

Billy Holland captains a Munster team to face Scarlets with a strong Cork flavour
Munster coach Johann van Graan and Billy Holland before a recent game. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

MUNSTER coach Johann van Graan has included three Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players in the squad for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Thomond Park (5pm).

Academy back-row Jack O’Sullivan keeps his place at number 8 and is set to make his seventh senior appearance with Diarmuid Barron and West Cork's John Hodnett among the replacements.

There are five changes to the side that secured a bonus-point win away to Zebre last week.

Leesider Billy Holland returns to captain Munster with Chris Farrell back from international duty as Dan Goggin, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer also return to the starting 15.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Dunmanway's Darren Sweetnam completing the back three.

Craig Casey and JJ Hanrahan continue in the half-backs with a centre partnership of Goggin and Farrell.

Ballincollig's James Cronin, O’Byrne and Archer pack down in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Holland in the engine room.

A back row of Arno Botha, Chris Cloete and Academy man O’Sullivan complete the side.

Niall Scannell, Shane Daly and Jack O’Donoghue are all out through injury.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (c); Arno Botha, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Nick McCarthy, Rory Scannell, Tommy O’Donnell.

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