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Changes for Munster's Champions Cup game

Friday, 12th October, 2018 1:23pm
Changes for Munster's Champions Cup game

Munster captain Peter OMahony.

Changes for Munster's Champions Cup game

Munster captain Peter OMahony.

Munster Head Coach Johann van Grann has named his side to face Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon in the squad’s Champions Cup opener at Sandy Park (3.15pm). Injury has robbed the impressive Alby Matthewson of his Champions Cup debut with Duncan Williams starting at scrum-half. There are several changes to the side that were edged out by Leinster in the Guinness PRO14 at the Aviva Stadium last weekend.

 

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway moving to the right wing and Keith Earls retaining his place on the left flank to make his 155th appearance for the province. Rory Scannell comes into the back-line at inside centre to partner Dan Goggin in midfield who makes his Champions Cup debut. The half-back pairing sees Duncan Williams start at scrum-half alongside Joey Carbery who maintains his place at out-half.

There is an unchanged front row with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer packing down. Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne continue their partnership in the second row. Chris Cloete is the only change to the pack with captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander making up the back row.

Neil Cronin is in line to make his return from injury off the replacements bench, which includes Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, JJ Hanrahan and Sammy Arnold.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.

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