Munster Team Named For Crucial Champions Cup Clash With Gloucester

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Head coach Johann van Graan has named his Munster team for this weekend’s crucial Champions Cup clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Peter O’Mahony captains Munster with six changes to the side that defeated Connacht last weekend. Chris Farrell keeps his place after receiving positive news on a knee scan this week.

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Mike Haley, Rory Scannell, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer and CJ Stander all come into the side. Haley starts at fullback with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings. Scannell and Farrell form the centre partnership with Murray and Joey Carbery in the halfbacks.

Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Archer pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room. O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and Stander make up the Munster back row.

Rhys Marshall returns from injury and is named among the replacements with the hooker set to make his first appearance since October’s clash against Gloucester.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.