The Team Munster Need To Pick If They Are To Get Past Edinburgh This Weekend
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European action returns this weekend with the Heineken Champions Cup quarter final stages, with Munster and Edinburgh up first in the early Saturday kick-off at BT Murrayfield.
The Irish province are slight favourites despite being the visitors – but a lot people fancy Edinburgh to advance and they’ve every reason to. Richard Cockerill’s men have looked very impressive this season, and did a number of defending champions Leinster last week.
Munster meanwhile looked far from impressive against Zebre, albeit without most of their international contingent. They’re all expected to come back in this weekend with the southern province blessed with almost a clean bill of health in terms of their players.
Head coach Johann van Graan has already stated he may stick to his winning formula in Europe and go with the same team that beat Exeter in their final pool game. But we’ve decided to have a look at the team he should be picking.
Potential Munster XV
15. Andrew Conway
14. Keith Earls
13. Chris Farrell
12. Rory Scannell
11. Darren Sweetnam
10. Joey Carbery
9. Conor Murray
1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Niall Scannell
3. John Ryan
4. Tadhg Beirne
5. Jean Kleyn
6. Peter O’Mahony (c)
7. Chris Cloete
8. CJ Stander
As you can see the big call is leaving out Mike Haley who hasn’t been in the best of form lately. We reckon Conway at fullback and Sweetmam on the wing might be the best option for this weekend, but should Haley start Conway can slot seamlessly onto the wing.
Elsewhere the team pretty much picks itself bar a couple of positions. Dan Goggin has been excellent this season and could very well get the nod depending on what kind of game van Graan wants to play.
Jack O’Donoghue will also be champing at the bit, as will hooker Rhys Marshall. Either way Munster have plenty of options. Getting his selection right will be huge for van Graan this weekend.