Foley names unchanged side for Scarlets clash

Foley names unchanged side for Scarlets clash


For the first time this season Head Coach Anthony Foley names an unchanged side as Munster bid to secure Champions Cup qualification in Round 22 of the Guinness PRO12.

Munster welcome Scarlets to Thomond Park on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off with over 17,000 tickets already sold for the fixture.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Munster head coach Anthony Foley – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The game marks a milestone in the career of Dave Kilcoyne who will win his 100th cap for the province when starting alongside Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer in the front row.

Dave Foley and Billy Holland continue in the second row with the back row trio of Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell and captain CJ Stander – this week historically named IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year – again completing the pack. 

Images from Munster training on Tuesday

Conor Murray and Johnny Holland take charge at half back with Rory Scannell in line to make his final appearance as an academy player.  The centre who progresses to the senior squad in July will make his 20th PRO12 appearance of the season in starting alongside Francis Saili in midfield.

Keith Earls and Andrew Conway are again named on the wings with this season’s joint top try scorer Simon Zebo remaining at full-back.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Johnny Holland, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander Capt. 

Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O’Mahony.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.