Munster have named new signings Casey Laulala, James Downey and Sean Dougall in their side to face Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO12 opener on Saturday.

Besides the three newcomers the only uncapped player in the squad is wing forward Barry O'Mahony, while Doug Howlett captains the side for the first time competitively.

Downey and Laulala form the midfield pairing, and after an impressive debut season in which he scored four tries, Luke O'Dea is named on the left wing.

Munster XV v Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday 1 September, Murrayfield at 8pm:

D Hurley; D Howlett (capt), C Laulala, J Downey, L O’Dea; I Keatley, D Williams; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D O’Callaghan, B Holland; P Butler, S Dougall, J Coughlan.

Replecements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, D Foley, B O’Mahony, P Stringer, S Deasy, I Dineen.

Up front there's a strong spine to the team with Damien Varley propped by the South African pair of Wian du Preez and BJ Botha.

Donncha O'Callaghan is partnered by the hard working Billy Holland with Dougall joined in the back row by youth and experience in the shape of Paddy Butler (6) and the ever dependable James Coughlan at number 8.