Munster play their first home game of the 2017/18 Champions Cup against Racing 92 at Thomond Park tomorrow with Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus making three changes from the side that drew in Castres last weekend.
The first of the changes is seen in the front row where Rhys Marshall comes in for Niall Scannell who misses out with a thumb injury.
Jean Kleyn makes a return from the neck injury he sustained in Guinness PRO14 action against Glasgow Warriors to start in the second row.
While a neck complaint sees Tyler Bleyendaal also miss this weekend’s action with Ian Keatley taking charge at fly-half.
Named again at openside, Tommy O’Donnell will win his 150th Munster cap tomorrow with the province playing their 160th game of the competition – a Champions Cup record.
Crossing for a try in last weekend’s Munster A victory in Swansea, should he feature off the bench, replacement hooker Kevin O’Byrne will make his European debut.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony (Capt), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Mark Flanagan, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Andrew Conway.
Thanks to title sponsor Bank of Ireland, a proud partner of Munster Rugby and Irish Heart Foundation, Munster’s team jersey will carry the Irish Heart Foundation logo on the front as a mark of the province’s support in the fight against sudden cardiac death. This is following the recent announcement of a lifesaving legacy in memory of Anthony Foley with full details here.
There will also be a minute’s applause in memory of Axel just before kick off in Thomond Park.
Tickets for this game can be purchased online at munsterrugby.ie or at the ground tomorrow from 9am.
Get the pre-match thoughts of Dave Kilcoyne.