Munster Name Strong Team For PRO14 Clash With Cardiff Blues
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Head coach Johann van Graan has named his Munster team for Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park in Cork.
Peter O’Mahony captains the side with six changes to the team that started last week’s Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh. Mike Haley, Tyler Bleyendaal, Kevin O’Byrne, Billy Holland, Chris Cloete and Arno Botha all come into the starting XV.
Haley starts at fullback with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on either flank as Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership. Conor Murray and Bleyendaal team up in the half-backs.
Dave Kilcoyne, O’Byrne and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Holland in second-row. A back-row of O’Mahony, Cloete and Botha complete the side.
Sammy Arnold returns from injury to take his place among the replacements and is set to make his first appearance since January.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.