Munster Team Named For PRO14 Clash With Connacht At The Sportsground

Irish battle.

The Munster team has been named for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht at the Sportsground (7.35pm – live on eir Sport and TG4).

Head coach Johann van Graan has made a number of changes from the starting XV which lost narrowly to Ulster last time out.

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In the front row, James Cronin returns to the side after successfully rehabbing an abdomen injury and he is joined by Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer. Cronin is set to make his 100th Guinness PRO14 appearance on Saturday.

Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne form the second-row partnership while Gavin Coombes, captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander make up the back row combination.

In the half-backs, Conor Murray and JJ Hanrahan renew their partnership alongside Damian De Allende and Chris Farrell in the centre.

Shane Daly, who is the only player to retain his position from the Ulster game, starts on the left-wing. Keith Earls takes up the other wing spot and Mike Haley slots in at fullback.

Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony (c), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Josh Wycherley, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.