Munster name team for European Cup opener

Steven Miller

Reporter:

Steven Miller

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
Anthony Foley has named the Munster team for their first game in the new European Champions Cup.

Anthony Foley has named the Munster team for their first game in the new European Champions Cup.

Munster take on Sale Sharks away at 1pm on Saturday and Foley has named a side that shows seven changes from the one that beat the Scarlets in Thomond Park last weekend.

CJ Stander and Andrew Conway have won the battle for the competitive spots at Number 8 and on the wing while Peter O’Mahony captains the sides and completes the backrow alongside Stander and Tommy O’Donnell.

Hooker Duncan Casey makes his first European start alongsides Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer with Paul O’Connell and Dave Foley teaming up in the second row.

Conor Murray again links up with Ian Keatley in the half-back line with Denis Hurley and Andrew Smith in the centre. Felix Jones has recovered from injury to start at full-back with Simon Zebo on the wing.

In the replacements, Eusebio Guinazu and Robin Copeland are named in their first Munster European match-day squad.

The game is live on Sky Sports.

MUNSTER: Felix Jones, Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony - capt, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Eusebio Guinazu, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Robin Copeland, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever