Munster Team Named For Champions Cup Clash With Castres

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Head coach Johann van Graan has named his Munster side for this weekend’s Champions Cup pool clash with French side Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick.

There are two changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 last time out as Joey Carbery and CJ Stander are both included. Mike Haley starts at fullback with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls completing the back three.

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Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership with Conor Murray and Carbery paired together in the red of Munster for the first time in the half-backs.

The tight five are unchanged with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan in the front row with Tadhg Beirne and Billy Holland in the engine room. Peter O’Mahony captains the side from the back row with Chris Cloete and the returning Stander completing the side.

Jeremy Loughman, Ciaran Parker and Fineen Wycherley are in line to make their Champions Cup debuts off the bench.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Ciaran Parker, Fineen Wycherley, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.