It’s been quite the journey for Munster this season.
A mid-season coaching change didn’t hamper the province en route to the knockout stages of both the Champions Cup and the Guinness PRO14.
However, their European exit at the hands of Racing 92 presented some flaws in the side which may have gone unnoticed before.
With their last trophy coming in the guise of the Magners League in 2011, it has been a barren spell for Munster.
They face off against Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon in the PRO14 semi-final qualifier. A win would guarantee a meeting with Leinster a week after the eastern province’s Champions Cup final in Bilbao.
Edinburgh have enjoyed an excellent season under Richard Cockerill and Johann van Graan has named his strongest side to guarantee a meeting with Leinster in two weeks time.
The big news is that Simon Zebo comes in at 15 for his last appearance at Thomond Park while JJ Hanrahan gets the nod at out-half ahead of Ian Keatley who is on the bench.
📣 TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT 📣
Here is your Munster team for tomorrow's Guinness PRO14 knockout clash against Edinburgh at Thomond Park (3.15pm).
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) May 4, 2018
Here is your Edinburgh team to face Munster in tomorrow's Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final Qualifier – live on Sky Sports Action and BBC ALBA. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/LmiOtV5tR1
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) May 4, 2018