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Friday 15 December 2017

Munster's Kilcoyne looks to bring down Ospreys

Munster v The Ospreys, Thomond Park, Today (KO 6.30) Live Sky Sports 2

The table has Munster nicely perched in fifth place with two wins from three. But, those positive outcomes came against the Italian clubs, the bottom two.

This is a totally different proposition with The Ospreys brimming with confidence from their gathering in 14 out of 15 points from their first three matches

The hamstring tear to Cian Healy is compensated for, at least in national terms, by the appearance of Dave Kilcoyne for the first time this season.

Munster: J Murphy; A Conway, I Dineen, D Hurley, G van den Heever; I Keatley, C Murray (capt); D Kilcoyne, D Casey, BJ Botha, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, P Butler, S Dougall, CJ Stander.

The Ospreys: D Evans; J Hassler, A Bishop, J Matavesi, E Walker; D Biggar, R Webb; N Smith, S Baldwin, A Jarvis, AW Jones, R Bernardo, J Bearman, J Tipuric, D Baker.

Zebre v Ulster, Stadio XXV Aprile, Today (KO 4.0) Live BBC 2

This is the kind of situation in which Franco van der Merwe will earn his corn as the lineout and pack leader against an unyielding underdog.

Zebre: H Deniller; G Toniolatti, G Bisegni, K Haimona, L Sarto; E Padovani, G Palazanni; M Aguero, A Manici, D Chistolini, Q Geldenhuys, G Biagi, M Bergamasco, F Cristiano, S Vunisa.

Ulster: C Gilroy; T Bowe, D Cave, S McCloskey, M Allen; P Jackson, M Heaney; C Black, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick, N McComb, F van der Merwe, R Wilson, N Williams.

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