Munster squads shows their strength in depth

Munster squads shows their strength in depth
Shane Daly with Benhard Janse van Rensburg of the Toyota Cheetahs. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

THE Munster squad to face Glasgow Warriors on Friday night at Scotstoun shows the strength in depth coach Johann van Graan is building in his squad.

The Reds will face a tough task as they face another side looking to make it back-to-back wins in a place that has not been a happy hunting ground for the Reds in recent seasons.

Cork’s Shane Daly retains his place on the wing after faring well out of position last weekend against the Cheetahs.

His Cork Con team-mate Duncan Williams makes a welcome return to action for the province with a place on the bench with Neil Cronin retaining the starting number nine jersey and James Hart watching from the stands.

Man of the match last weekend, Darren Sweetnam, partners Daly and Mike Haley in the back three while Sammy Arnold starts in the centre alongside Rory Scannell with Neil Cronin and JJ Hanrahan starting as the half backs.

There is no place in the starting side either for Joey Carbery, despite impressing in his cameo last weekend. He is on the bench, as is long-term injury victim Jaco Taute and Ballincollig’s James Cronin. 

Van Graan starts with the same pack as last weekend in Thomond Park and it is there that Munster will be tested by a mobile but very physical Warriors eight, Van Graan though can call on James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley and new signing Tadhg Beirne from a very strong looking bench.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne, Duncan Williams, Joey Carbery, Jaco Taute.

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