In making five changes to the side that defeated Zebre last weekend, Munster’s remaining international contingent of Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo return for Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter final against Toulouse in Thomond Park at 5.45pm.
All five last lined out for the province in Munster’s round 6 Champions Cup game against Racing 92 at the end of January.
In an unchanged front row hooker Niall Scannell makes his 50th appearance for the province as he scrums down next to Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan.
Donnacha Ryan joins Billy Holland in the second row as CJ Stander packs down at number 8 with Captain Peter O’Mahony and Tommy O’Donnell again on the flanks.
Conor Murray is named alongside Tyler Bleyendaal at half back while winger Keith Earls and fullback Simon Zebo complete the changes to the backline.
A further boost for the squad sees Francis Saili make an earlier than expected return from a knee ligament injury to be named in the replacements, while Dave O’Callaghan is named in his first European squad of the season.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Francis Saili, Andrew Conway.
Please note this a sell-out game with a Thomond Park capacity of 26200. Tickets will not be on sale at the game.
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