Munster Team Named For Champions Cup Clash With Racing 92
Back in Paris.
Head Coach Johann van Graan has named his Munster side to face Racing 92 at the U Arena in Paris on Sunday.
Fresh from signing new contracts with the province Billy Holland, Stephen Archer and Kevin O’Byrne, are all included in the squad with Holland and Archer among the starters.
The returning duo are two of four changes to the starting XV that beat Connacht 39-13 last Saturday, with captain Peter O’Mahony and Chris Cloete also named for Sunday’s round five European clash.
Archer joins Dave Kilcoyne and Rhys Marshall in the front row, as Holland resumes his partnership with Jean Kleyn in the second row. The pack is completed with the back row of O’Mahony, Cloete and CJ Stander.
The all-international backline remains intact with Simon Zebo at fullback and Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings. Rory Scannell partners Chris Farrell in midfield as Conor Murray and Ian Keatley continue as the half-backs.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, John Ryan, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Alex Wootton.