Munster make two changes for Champions Cup meeting with Castres

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Munster make xx changes for Champions Cup meeting with Castres

Joey Carbery comes back into the side following his time with Ireland

The Munster team to face Castres Olympique in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park on Sunday has been named by Head Coach Johann van Graan (KO 1pm).

There are two changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 last time out as Joey Carbery and CJ Stander are both included.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with free-scoring Andrew Conway and Keith Earls completing the back three.

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership with Conor Murray and Carbery paired together in the red of Munster for the first time in the half-backs.

The tight five are unchanged with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan in the front row with Tadhg Beirne and Billy Holland in the engine room.

Peter O’Mahony captains the side from the back row with Chris Cloete and the returning Stander completing the side.

Jeremy Loughman, Ciaran Parker and Fineen Wycherley are in line to make their Champions Cup debuts off the bench.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Ciaran Parker, Fineen Wycherley, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.

Castres

15. Scott Spedding,
14. Armand Batlle,
13. Thomas Combezou,
12. Florian Vialelle,
11. Taylor Paris,
10. Benjamin Urdapilleta,
9. Ludovic Radosavljevic ,
1. Antoine Tichit,
2. Jody Jenneker,
3. Daniel Kotze,
4. Loic Jacquet,
5. Thibault Lassalle,
6. Mathieu Babillot (c),
7. Kevin Gimeno,
8. Alex Tulou.
Replacements:

16. Kevin Firmin,
17. Paea Fa'anunu,
18. Marc Clerc,
19. Christophe Samson,
20. Yannick Caballero,
21. Julien Caminati,
22. Martin Laveau,
23. Rory Kockott,