The team sees a total of seven changes to the one that defeated the Dragons last time out.
Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Niall Scannell, John Ryan and Billy Holland are all in the starting XV after their time away on international duty.
In the front-row Jeremy Loughman is joined by the returning duo of Scannell and Ryan, while Holland partners Jean Kleyn in the second-row.
The back-row has another change as Chris Cloete has recovered from a neck injury to make his first appearance since December. He will have Fineen Wycherley and Arno Botha alongside him to make up the pack.
Neil Cronin starts at scrum-half, with captain Tyler Bleyendaal at 10.
Last weekend’s stand-in centre for Ireland, Chris Farrell comes back to the team at 13 with Rory Scannell at 12.
There is a fierce looking back three on display with Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway on the wings, with Mike Healey at full-back.
JJ Hanrahan is back among the subs after time out with a hip injury sustained last month and is joined by academy player Gavin Coombes.
Here is your Munster team to face Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park tomorrow night at 7.35pm.
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Munster coach Felix Jones has warned his team of the threat that the Kings can pose even if they are bottom of Conference B.
“They have a huge amount of speed in their back three in particular. They are one of the highest scoring teams from turnovers, so if you kick loosely or you don’t look after the ball well enough, they can punish you,” he said.
On the other side Kings captain JC Astle is expecting a tough challenge against the Conference A leaders.
“Munster is a very clinical side and are on top of Conference A, so we are expecting a hard match with clinical, good players who know how to do their job,” he said.
In the only previous meeting of the two the Irish province ran out 39-22 winners.
Munster will be looking to continue their fine form and stay top of Conference A with another win but will have to be aware as the high scoring Kings make their first trip to the Irish province.
Ulster to welcome 1,000 fans for Scarlets clash
Ulster Rugby last night announced that 1,000 supporters will be welcomed to the Kingspan Stadium this weekend. Statement from Ulster Rugby below:
The Ulster Men have played behind closed doors since the opening game of the season against Benetton Rugby when the club successfully trialled the safe return of spectators following extensive consultation with the IRFU, Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Executive.
All 500 pairs of tickets will be made available to #TogetherUlster Members only via an online ballot process. Members who applied for tickets to the Benetton match but missed out due to limited availability will receive priority in the ballot.
Sunday night’s match will feature a mix of seating and terracing in operation across all four stands and the East Terrace. Tickets are again priced at £20 each, allocated in groups of two with two-metre physical distancing factored in.
The online ballot will be open for 24 hours from 1pm on Tuesday 17 November on the Ulster Rugby Ticket Account Manager, and account holders can apply for one pair of tickets per every Adult #TogetherUlster Membership held. All successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday evening once the ballot has closed and tickets have been allocated. Members will then have until 1pm on Thursday 19 November to confirm their ticket purchase and process payment.
Bad news on the injury front for Munster back-rower
Munster medical department have issued the latest player update with Liam Coombes, John Hodnett and Alex McHenry all ruled out due to respective injuries.
The young trio sustained knocks in different training sessions and will not be available for this weekend’s clash.
Alex McHenry underwent surgery for a thumb injury and will not be available for the coming weeks, while Liam Coombes has sustained a minor hamstring injury.
Unfortunately, it is a longer-term outlook for John Hodnett who sustained an achilles tendon injury. The Academy back row will undergo surgery early next week before commencing his rehabilitation programme.
A fourth player is already self-isolating after returning a positive test result from Monday’s PCR testing. The player remains well, and no other players have been identified as close contacts.
Rea to win 50th cap v Cardiff
The 27-year-old Ballymena man made his Ulster debut against the Toyota Cheetahs in September 2017, and has already shown some excellent form this year when collecting the Player of the Match award in the season opener versus Benetton.
Rea will start at blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy being retained at openside and Nick Timoney coming in to start at number eight. Adam McBurney will make his first start this season at hooker and is joined in the front row by Eric O’Sullivan – who scored his first Ulster try last week – and Marty Moore. Alan O’Connor retains his starting berth in the second row, and will be partnered with Kieran Treadwell, who is also making his first start this season.
Burns is one of four changes to the back line, with Stuart McCloskey also being released from international duties to start alongside Stewart Moore in midfield. Michael Lowry comes in to start at full-back, and he will be joined on the wings by Louis Ludik and the returning Craig Gilroy.
Luke Marshall is set to make his return from injury to make his first appearance this season as he is included among the replacements. Alby Mathewson and Academy back three prospect Ethan McIlroy will cover the backline along with Marshall. John Andrew, Jack McGrath, Ross Kane, Sam Carter, and Sean Reidy provide the forward options on the bench.
Issued by Ulster Rugby