Scannell is held in reserve after clocking up big minutes for Munster this season

Scannell is held in reserve after clocking up big minutes for Munster this season
Munster's Rory Scannell kicks a conversion recently. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

MUNSTER coach Johann van Graan will be hoping he doesn’t have to call Rory Scannell off the bench in tonight’s game against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

The Cork centre has the highest amount of minutes on the pitch of the Reds backs this season and van Graan will be hoping to give him a mini break this evening in a team that shows six changes from last week’s win over Southern Kings.

The game which is live on eir Sport, TG4 and Premier Sports, sees Billy Holland captain the side and young Calvin Nash make his first start of the season. He will play on the right wing with Jaco Taute and Dan Goggin coming in to form the centre partnership.

JJ Hanrahan starts at out-half with hooker Rhys Marshall and tighthead prop Stephen Archer the final two additions to the starting XV. Jack O’Donoghue is named among the replacements and is set to make his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury last May.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Nash and Darren Sweetnam on the wings while Neil Cronin starts at nine again this weekend and Alby Mathewson preferred to Duncan Williams on the bench.

Jeremy Loughman retains his loosehead spot with Liam O’Connor on the bench while Marshall and Archer pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Holland in the engine room.

Last week’s back row of Fineen Wycherley, Chris Cloete and Arno Botha is unchanged.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Jaco Taute, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Fineen Wycherley, Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Ciaran Parker, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Alby Mathewson, Bill Johnston, Rory Scannell.

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