Munster name team to face Castres in Champions Cup

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Munster name team to face Castres in Champions Cup

Keith Earls starts on the wing for Munster in Sunday's Champions Cup fixture with Castres Olympique at Thomond Park, 1pm

FOR the first time this season, Munster have named an unchanged starting line-up for Sunday’s crucial Round 6 Champions Cup clash against Castres Olympique at Thomond Park,1pm, live on Sky Sports.

Peter O’Mahony has recovered from an ankle knock picked up in last weekend’s defeat away to Racing 92 to captain the side.

International hooker Niall Scannell returns from the rib injury sustained against Ulster on New Year’s Day to be named in the replacements.

The all-international backline remains intact once again with Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and last weekend’s double try scorer Keith Earls forming the back three.

Rory Scannell partners Chris Farrell in midfield, while Conor Murray and Ian Keatley continue as the half-backs.

The front row is made up of Stephen Archer, Dave Kilcoyne and Rhys Marshall as Billy Holland is partnered by Jean Kleyn in the second row. The pack is completed by a back row of O’Mahony, Chris Cloete and CJ Stander. 

Niall Scannell, James Cronin and John Ryan make up the front row replacements. Darren O’Shea and Jack O’Donoghue complete the forward reserves as Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan and Alex Wootton provide the backline cover.

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 (Capt), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.  Replacements: Niall Scannell, James Cronin, John Ryan, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Alex Wootton.