Munster side to face Clermont is named

Munster side to face Clermont is named

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Munster-LogoHead Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Clermont Auvergne in round 3 of the European Champions Cup at a sold-out Thomond Park on Saturday, ko 5.30pm.

Munster’s international contingent return to the starting XV with Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo included for the first time since the round 2 Saracens encounter.

The sevens changes from last weekend’s squad also sees Tommy O’Donnell and Felix Jones promoted to the starting line-up this week.

Foley keeps faith with the same front row of Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey and BJ Botha, and introduces the second row pairing of Paul O’Connell and Dave Foley in the front five.

CJ Stander retains his place at number 8 and is joined by Captain Peter O’Mahony and Tommy O’Donnellin completing the back-row.

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley renew their half-back pairing, while centre Pat Howard makes his first European appearance for the province starting alongside Denis Hurley for the second time.

With Simon Zebo returning to the side Gerhard van den Heever makes the positional switch to the opposite wing as Felix Jones completes the back three.

In the replacements hooker Kevin O’Byrne is named in his first European squad while prop James Croninin included after successfully rehabbing an ankle injury.

Munster: Felix Jones; Gerhard van den Heever, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha; Paul O’Connell, Dave Foley; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Sean Dougall, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Johne Murphy.

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