Ahead of Sunday's Guinness Pro14 action, Conor Murray returns to the Munster squad for their trip to Zebre, while Connacht’s record try scorer Matt Healy is back in the side for the away assignment against the Southern Kings.
Murray last saw competitive action when featuring during Ireland's summer tour to Australia but hasn't played for his province so far this season due to a neck injury.
Chris Farrell and Conor Oliver also return to the Munster matchday squad.
Tyler Bleyendaal continues his captaincy from inside centre and Academy player Gavin Coombes makes his first start in the Guinness PRO14.
In all, there are several changes to the starting XV who claimed a 30-26 win over the Cheetahs in South Africa earlier this month.
Mike Haley continues at full-back as Ronan O’Mahony returns on the right wing with Alex Wootton maintaining his position on the opposite flank.
Rory Scannell starts in the 13 shirt with Bleyendaal completing the centre partnership.
Neil Cronin and JJ Hanrahan combine in the half-backs.
The pack sees Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea partnering in the second row.
Coombes is joined by Chris Cloete and Arno Botha in the back row.
For Connacht, Healy returns to a back three that includes Cian Kelleher on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back. With Bundee Aki unavailable through his involvement in the November internationals, Kyle Godwin and Tom Farrell form the midfield while the half back pairing sees out-half Jack Carty and Caolin Blade renew their partnership.
Loosehead Denis Buckley, tighthead Conor Carey and hooker with Shane Delahunt make up the front row trio. In the second row Ultan Dillane and James Cannon are named in the starting XV while Gavin Thornbury has returned from injury and is named among the replacements.
The back row includes Sean O’Brien and Colby Fainga’a at blindside and openside respectively while Captain Jarrad Butler starts again at number 8.
Munster: Mike Haley; Ronan O’Mahony; Rory Scannell, Tyler Bleyendaal (C); Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Gavin Coombes, Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Brian Scott, Ciaran Parker, Sean O’Connor, Conor Oliver, Conor Murray, Bill Johnston, Chris Farrell.
Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Sean O’Brien, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (capt).
Replacements: Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson McCoy, Gavin Thornbury, Paul Boyle, James Mitchell, David Horwitz, Darragh Leader.