Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side for Munster’s rescheduled Champions Cup Round 2 encounter against Stade Francais at the Stade Jean Bouin tomorrow – KO 4.45pm (lrish). In total, six changes are made from the side that defeated Ulster last weekend.
In a boost to the squad, Dave Foley, Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Andrew Conway have all overcome their respective knocks to take their place in the starting XV.
In an unchanged front row Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry and BJ Botha all remain in situ while in the second row Foley resumes his partnership with Mark Chisholm. The final change in the pack sees Robin Copeland come back in to join Tommy O’Donnell and captain CJ Stander in the back row with O’Donnell making his first European appearance of the season.
Murray re-joins Ian Keatley in the half backs with Simon Zebo and Earls returning to the left and right wings respectively, while Rory Scannell and Francis Saili again form the midfield pairing.
The final change sees Conway take charge at full-back.
Following on from Wednesday’s session in Limerick, Tyler Bleyendaal reported some quad tightness and was unavailable for squad selection.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Mark Chisholm; Robin Copeland, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander – capt.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Mario Sagario, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Tomás O’Leary, Denis Hurley, Ronan O’Mahony.
Stade Francais v Munster, European Champions Cup Round 2 (rescheduled), Saturday January 9th at the Stade Jean Bouin – KO 4.45pm (Irish).
For those travelling to the game, Munster flags will be distributed by the Munster Rugby Supporters Club tomorrow – at General Sarrail Place between Gates C and D at the East of the ground while stocks last.