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Monday 23 October 2017

Captain Jones primed to lead Munster to victory

Benetton TREVISO v MUNSTER

Stadio Monigo, Tonight 7.0 (Irish time)

EX-ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE Felix Jones will captain Munster for the first time in his sixth season.

The Ireland full-back has made more recoveries from serious injury than Jonny Wilkinson did in his years to earn a reputation for mental strength.

Ireland prop James Cronin (pictured, right) makes his seasonal debut in an all new front-row beside Duncan Casey and Stephen Archer with Dave Foley summoned into the second row.

VERDICT: Munster

TREVISO: S Ragusi; L Nitoglia, L Morisi, S Christie, M Campagnaro; J Carlisle, H Seniloli; M Muccignat, D Giazzon, R Harden, M Fuser, C van Zyl (capt), M Swanepoel, T Vallejos-Cinalli, M Luamanu.

Munster: F Jones (capt); A Conway, A Smith, I Dineen, S Zebo; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin, D Casey, S Archer, D Foley, B Holland, CJ Stander, T O'Donnell, R Copeland.

Ulster v ZEBRE

Kingspan Stadium, Tonight 7.35

IRELAND hooker Rory Best and wing Andrew Trimble start for the first time in a side showing eight changes from their first round draw with the Scarlets (32-32) last weekend.

VERDICT: Ulster

Ulster: R Andrew; A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; I Humphreys, P Marshall; A Warwick, R Best (capt), W Herbst, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.

Zebre: H Deniller; D Odiete, G Bisegni, G Garcia, G Toniolatti; K Haimona, B Leonard; A de Marchi, A Manici, D Chistolini, A Ferreira (capt), G Biagi, M Bergamasco, F Cristiano, D van Schalkwyk.

Edinburgh v CONNACHT

BT Murrayfield, Tonight 7.35 (TG4)

ROBBIE HENSHAW and Kieron Marmion are significant selections at outside centre and scrum-half for Connacht on the road to Munster's first round conquerors at the Scottish national stadium.

Verdict: Edinburgh

Edinburgh: J Cuthbert; S Beard, P Burleigh, A Strauss, N McLennan; T Heathcote, S Kennedy; A Dickinson, R Ford (capt), J Andress, F McKenzie, O Atkins, T Leonardi, H Watson, C du Preez.

Connacht: D Leader; N Adeolokun, R Henshaw, D McSharry, D Poolman; J Carty, K Marmion; D Buckley, D Heffernan, N White, M Kearney, Q Roux, J Muldoon (capt), W Faloon, E McKeon.

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