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Sunday 17 December 2017

Keatley back to lead Reds

Coach Anthony Foley (pictured) has recalled Ireland's Ian Keatley to lead Munster against the hard-charging Scarlets, who swept Connacht aside last week, at Parc Y Scarlets this afternoon (KO2.40, Sky Sports 3).

Ireland's Felix Jones and Tommy O'Donnell have been released for club duty and Keith Earls will start at outside centre working in tandem with Denis Hurley.

Former Leinster wing Andrew Conway has recovered from the flu and impact number eight CJ Stander returns from injury. An entirely new front row of Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O'Byrne and Stephen Archer will have to provide stability at the set-piece in order that Munster can launch their back row and allow Keatley to do his thing.

Scarlets: J Williams; H Robinson, R King, H Parkes, M Tagicakibau; S Shingler, A Davies; P John, K Owens (capt), P Edwards, L Rawlins, J Snyman, A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay.

Munster: FJones; A Conway, K Earls, D Hurley (capt), L O'Dea; I Keatley, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, K O'Byrne, S Archer, D O'Callaghan, B Holland, D O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Verdict: Munster

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