CJ Stander to captain Munster Rugby in his South African home town

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CJ Stander to captain Munster in home town

Munster back-row forward CJ Stander

CJ Stander, who was 28 yesterday, will lead out Munster tomorrow evening in George, his home town in South Africa.  A much changed Munster side will take on the Southern Kings for the first time in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday at Outeniqua Park, George

The game is live on TG4 at 6.35pm Irish time. 

Only five players retain their place from last weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-final win against Toulon in Thomond Park.

An all-international front row of James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan start in front of Jean Kleyn and  Gerbrandt Grobler who makes his second start of the campaign, while the backrow sees Dave O’Callaghan and Conor Oliver on either side of captain Stander.

Young Munster's Dan Goggin links up with Rory Scannell in midfield with fullback JJ Hanrahan and academy winger Calvin Nash joining Alex Wootton in the back three.

Scrum-half James Hart partners Ian Keatley in the half back pairing.

With Darren Sweetnam and Simon Zebo already ruled out, Head Coach Johann van Graan has named six forwards in the replacements including Dave Kilcoyne who will make his 150th appearance for the province if called upon.

Munster: JJ Hanrahan; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, James Hart; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Gerbrandt Grobler; Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, David Kilcoyne, Brian Scott, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Jack Stafford, Stephen Fitzgerald, Robin Copeland.