BREAKING: Bleyendaal Starts As Munster Team Named For Champions Cup Opener

Rassie Erasmus has made five changes to the side that suffered defeat to Leinster at the Aviva last weekend for Munster’s Champions Cup opener.

In making the changes there are three introductions to the backline with Simon Zebo returning to take his place at fullback, Darren Sweetnam named on the wing, and Rory Scannell restored to midfield joining Champions Cup debutant Chris Farrell. Keith Earls is retained on the wing, while Tyler Bleyendaal will partner Conor Murray in the halfbacks.

In the forwards, newcomer Mark Flanagan makes his first start for the province and his Champions Cup debut alongside Billy Holland. Jean Kleyn has failed to recover from injury.

Stephen Archer is introduced to the front row alongside Niall Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne and it’s as you were across the back row with Tommy O’Donnell, captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.

Castres v Munster, Champions Cup round 1, Sunday October 15th at the Stade Pierre-Antoine, ko 2pm (1pm Irish).

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