Friday 24 November 2017

Bohane keen to impress in red as Roux returns

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Munster centre Cian Bohane
Munster centre Cian Bohane

Cian Bohane will start for the first time for Munster against Edinburgh at Thomond Park this afternoon (KO 3.0, Sky Sports 3).

The Corkman is one of five changes with fellow centre Keith Earls, loosehead prop Dave Kilcoyne, flanker Dave O'Callaghan and Ian Keatley, at full-back completing the quintet.

It could be a landmark day for Keatley as the goal-kicker needs just five points to cross the 1,000-point threshold for Munster.

Connacht coach Pat Lam welcomes back Ireland lock Quinn Roux as one of half-a-dozen changes away to the Scarlets this evening (KO 7.35, TG4).

Fellow internationals Matt Healy, Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane are summoned forth to show leadership with the latter interestingly placed at blindside flanker.

It is about time the champions showed some semblance of professional pride in what they do on the road to a club just as desperate for points in this basement battle.

Munster: I Keatley; D Sweetnam, K Earls, C Bohane, R O'Mahony; T Bleyendaal, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, J Ryan; J Kleyn, B Holland (capt); D O'Callaghan, J O'Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Edinburgh: G Bryce; D Hoyland, M Allen, C Dean, T Brown; D Weir, S Hidalgo-Clyne; R Sutherland, S McInally (capt), K Bryce; F McKenzie, B Toolis; M Bradbury, H Watson, C du Preez.

Verdict: Munster.

Scarlets: A Thomas; L Williams, J Davies, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, G Davies; W Jones, K Owens (capt), W Kruger; J Ball, D Bulbring; A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay.

Connacht: T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, B Aki, E Griffin, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion; D Buckley, T McCartney, F Bealham; Q Roux, A Browne; U Dillane, J Heenan, J Muldoon (capt).

Verdict: Scarlets.

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