Conor Murray continues at scrum half when Munster resume their Magners League campaign against Cardiff Blues at the City Stadium on Friday evening.
Tomas O’Leary is still out due to the eye injury sustained during Six Nations training with the Ireland team, and Murray continues in his place after impressing in his first start against the Dragons last time out.
All in all, coach Tony McGahan makes ten changes to the starting XV from the one that played against the Dragons in Musgrave Park three weeks ago, one of those changes forced by Paul Warwick's return to Australia on family matters.
McGahan said: ‘Conor has been a consistent member of the senior squad in training over the past twelve months because of International call ups and injuries to our half-back position.
‘In this time he has gathered valuable training experiences from the more senior players in the squad which allowed him to play off the bench in last Six Nations window and start against the Dragons in our last Magners League game this year.'
Munster XV v Cardiff Blues in the Magners League on Friday, 7.05pm:
F Jones, D Howlett, J Murphy, L Mafi, K Earls, R O'Gara, C Murray, W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley, P O'Connell (capt), M O'Driscoll, J Coughlan, N Ronan, D Leamy.
Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, D Ryan, P O'Mahony, P Stringer, S Tuitupou, D Cusack.