Munster Go Full Strength As Team Named For PRO14 Opener With Scarlets
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Here we go.
The Munster side has been named by head coach Johann van Graan for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 opener against Scarlets in Wales.
In the back three, full-back Mike Haley and Darren Sweetnam make their first PRO14 appearances since February with Andrew Conway starting on the right wing. Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell form the centre partnership with Craig Casey and JJ Hanrahan in the half-backs.
James Cronin, Rhys Marshall and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne, who faces his former side for the first time, in the second row. Captain Peter O’Mahony, Jack O’Donoghue and CJ Stander complete the starting XV.
Greencore Munster Rugby Academy out-half Ben Healy is among the replacements. The Munster squad will be wearing our new adidas Alternate kit for the first time, available exclusively for pre-order at Life Style Sports.
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Episode 6 has arrived. 🎧 – Jason & Jamie Heaslip look back at the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals and ahead to this weekend's final. 🏆 – Monday Night Rugby. 🤔 – Stormers, Bulls, Lions and Sharks on their way to a new PRO16? 👀 – Tadhg Beirne on what Munster must do to improve on last season and returning to Thomond Park. 👊🏻 – Stuart Lancaster on the English vs Irish teams power game debate. 💪🏻 – Johann van Graan on Joey Carbery and Munster's goals for this season. 🏉 – And much more. 🙌🏻 Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin Coombes, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.