CJ Stander Returns As Munster Team Named For Cardiff Blues Clash

Back in action.

Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has named his side to face Cardiff Blues in the Guinness PRO14 at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night. There are six changes to the side that beat Ospreys last week as CJ Stander makes his first appearance of the season in a back-row that also includes captain Peter O’Mahony and Chris Cloete.

JJ Hanrahan comes into the side at fullback and there is an all-changed centre partnership with Jaco Taute making his first start since returning from injury alongside Rory Scannell.

Hooker Mike Sherry and second row Jean Kleyn are the only two alterations to the pack. Hanrahan joins Andrew Conway and Darren Sweetnam in the back three as Duncan Williams and Joey Carbery continue their half-back partnership.


Munster: JJ Hanrahan; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Dave Kilcoyne, Brian Scott, Darren O’Shea, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack Stafford, Bill Johnston, Shane Daly.

Player update – Keith Earls and Rhys Marshall reported knocks during the week and were not available for selection.

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