Munster Team Named For Semi-Final Clash With Saracens

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Final four.

Head coach Johann van Graan has named his Munster team for this weekend’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup semi-final clash with Saracens at the Ricoh Arena.

There are 12 changes to the side that earned an impressive win away to Benetton in Italy last weekend as Mike Haley, Darren Sweetnam and Jack O’Donoghue keep their places.

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Munster captain Peter O’Mahony leads the side on his 50th Champions Cup appearance. Haley starts at fullback with Andrew Conway and Sweetnam on either flank. Keith Earls misses out through injury.

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell form the centre partnership with Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal in the half-backs. Joey Carbery also misses out through injury.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room. O’Mahony, O’Donoghue and CJ Stander complete the starting XV.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Dan Goggin.