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Friday 13 December 2019

Healy handed chance to shine

Munster v Edinburgh Live, Eir Sport 1, 7.35

Ben Healy
Ben Healy

This is an emerging rivalry, albeit rendered meaningless by its timing.

The home side make 14 changes, this fixture either a pebble in their shoe or a chance to take a breather from the vagaries of Champions Cup qualification.

Still, there may be stars of the future on show.

Principally, Academy out-half Ben Healy, Glenstal Abbey's finest and already an U-20 Six Nations Grand Slam winner, who will enjoy linking up with ex-Leinster man Nick McCarthy.

At the other end of the scale, prop Stephen Archer becomes just the 11th Munster man to record 200 appearances.

Jack O'Donoghue, who captains the side, is the only starter retained from the XV who drew so thrillingly with Racing 92 in Limerick last weekend.

The visitors welcome back Hamish Watson, injured in the opening World Cup pool game against Ireland, as well as national captain Stuart McInally, so it should be competitive fare at least.

"Munster are the Conference B leaders who have a great home record," says Cockerill.

"However, we've selected a very experienced side that travels to Cork with plenty of confidence."

Munster: S Daly; C Nash, S Arnold, D Goggin, A Wootton; B Healy, N McCarthy; L O'Connor, R Marshall, S Archer, F Wycherley, D O'Shea, J O'Donoghue (capt), T O'Donnell, A Botha. Reps: K O'Byrne, J Cronin, K Knox, J Holloway, C Oliver, N Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, R Scannell.

Edinburgh: B Kinghorn; E Sau, M Bennett, M Scott, D van der Merwe; J van der Walt, H Pyrgos (capt); P Schoeman, S McInally, P Ceccarelli, B Toolis, G Gilchrist, M Bradbury, H Watson, V Mata. Reps: M Willemse, R Sutherland, S Berghan, L Carmichael, A Miller, C Shiel, S Hickey, G Taylor.

Ref: Marius Mitrea (FIR).

Verdict: Munster

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