Munster's six changes for Leicester test at Thomond Park

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Munster's six changes for Leicester test at Thomond Park

MUNSTER have made six changes from the side which defeated Glasgow last weekend for this Saturday’s glamour Champions Cup pool clash with Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park, 3.15pm.

More than 24,000 tickets have been sold for the Pool 1 fixture to date.

As part of two changes to the Munster pack, Donnacha Ryan and CJ Stander come into the second row and back row respectively, while four changes to the backline see Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal take charge at half back, with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo starting in the back three.

In making these changes, Erasmus keeps faith with the same starting XV that defeated Glasgow 38-17 in the Champions Cup back in October.

Should they feature from the bench tomorrow, new arrivals this season Rhys Marshall, Thomas Du Toit and Jean Kleyn will all make their European debuts.

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, Thomas Du Toit, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.

LEICESTER: George Worth;  Adam Thompstone,  Manu Tuilagi, Owen Williams, Peter Betham; Freddie Burns, Ben Youngs;  Logovii Mulipola, Tom Youngs, Greg Bateman, Ed Slater, Graham Kitchener, Michael Fitzgerald, Brendon O'Connor, Lachlan McCaffrey. Replacements: George McGuigan, Ellis Genge, Pat Cilliers, Luke Hamilton, William Evans, Sam Harrison, Jack Roberts, Tom Brady