Highly-rated Munster Academy prop Keynan Knox will make his senior debut for the province as he has been named to start for Johann van Graan’s side in their pre-season clash with London Irish in Cork on Friday (KO 7.30pm).
The South Africa born tighthead prop is currently in Year 3 of the Munster Academy and he will make his senior debut alongside Ireland U20 star John Hodnett who starts at openside flanker.
The starting XV is a mixture of senior experience and academy prospects as Knox completes the front-row alongside Jeremy Loughman and Kevin O’Byrne.
Darren O’Shea and Fineen Wycherley pack down in the second-row as Jack O’Donoghue and Gavin Coombes parter Hodnett in the back-row.
The half-back partnership is made up of Limerick man Neil Cronin at scrum-half as he joins captain Tyler Bleyendaal at out-half.
Dan Goggin and Alex McHenry combine in midfield while Darren Sweetnam starts at fullback where he will be joined by Liam Coombes and Calvin Nash on the wings.
Ben Healy, Thomas Ahern, Jack O’Sullivan and new signing Nick McCarthy are included on the bench and they will be hoping to make their senior debuts.
Munster: Darren Sweetnam; Calvin Nash, Alex McHenry, Dan Goggin, Liam Coombes; Tyler Bleyendaal (C), Neil Cronin; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Keynan Knox; Darren O’Shea, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, James Cronin, Peter McCabe, Stephen Archer, Thomas Ahern, Seán O’Connor, Arno Botha, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Sullivan, Craig Casey, Nick McCarthy, JJ Hanrahan, Ben Healy, Shane Daly, Rory Scannell, Mike Haley.