CJ Stander will captain a much-changed Munster team for Saturday night’s Guinness Pro 14 clash against Zebre at Thomond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Ireland number eight returns from Six Nations duty with Jack O’Donoghue making his first start since recovering from a serious knee injury.

There are seven changes to the side that faced Scarlets three weeks ago.

Alex Wootton, JJ Hanrahan, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete and Stander all come into the starting XV.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Darren Sweetnam and Wootton on either flank. Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin continue their centre partnership with Alby Mathewson and Hanrahan in the half-backs.

Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall and Archer pack down in the front row, while Fineen Wycherley moves into the second row and is partnered by Darren O’Shea.

It’s all change in the back row as O’Donoghue, Cloete and Stander complete the side.

Internationals Niall Scannell, John Ryan and Chris Farrell are among the replacements

Munster: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Arno Botha, Duncan Williams, Tyler Bleyendaal, Chris Farrell.

Marcell Coetzee is a welcome addition to the Ulster XV

Dan McFarland has made five changes in starting personnel as Ulster look to extend their unbeaten run of results when they host Isuzu Southern Kings at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Guinness Pro14 clash will see the hosts look to boost their play-off bid as they occupy third position in Conference B and are unbeaten in their last six outings, their last only defeat of 2019 coming at the RDS in January.

Four of the five changes are in the pack where loosehead prop Andy Warwick, lock Ian Nagle and back rows Matty Rea and Marcell Coetzee are introduced.

The only alteration to the backline from the side that defeated Dragons is at scrumhalf, with Dave Shanahan coming in to partner Billy Burns at half back.

Rob Herring and Marty Moore will join Warwick in the front row, while captain Alan O’Connor partners Nagle in the second row. Nick Timoney, so impressive at Rodney Parade in his last outing, is named as the other loose forward.

Stuart McCloskey and Darren Cave continue in midfield, and pacey wingers Rob Lyttle and Rob Baloucoune are again selected in the back three alongside Louis Ludik.

John Andrew, Wiehahn Herbst and Tom O’Toole will provide front row cover on the bench, while Kieran Treadwell and Clive Ross are the other forward options.

John Cooney, Michael Lowry and Angus Kernohan, who helped Ireland U20s to a Six Nations Grand Slam success last weekend, are the backline replacements.

Ulster team: L Ludik; R Baloucoune, D Cave, S McCloskey, R Lyttle; B Burns, D Shanahan; A Warwick, R Herring, M Moore, A O’Connor (captain), I Nagle, M Rea, N Timoney, M Coetzee;

Replacements: J Andrew, W Herbst, T O’Toole, K Treadwell, C Ross, J Cooney, M Lowry, A Kernohan.