Munster side to face Exeter in Champions Cup named

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Munster side to face Exeter in Champions Cup named

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony

MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony has been passed fit to face Exeter Chiefs in Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park, 5.30pm.

O’Mahony will start the game in Munster’s back-row alongside Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander.

Head Coach Johann van Graan has made just one change to his Munster side that defeated Gloucester last weekend  for the Round 6 game.

Tighthead prop John Ryan replaces Stephen Archer in the front row.

Conor Murray makes his 50th Champions Cup appearance just over seven years on from making his competition debut against Northampton Saints in the famous 23-21 victory at Thomond Park in November 2011.

The match is completely sold-out with additional seating installed at both ends of the ground to boost the capacity of Thomond Park to 26,267.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings.

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell form the centre partnership with Murray and Joey Carbery in the half-backs.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (Capt), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.

EXETER CHIEFS: Jack Nowell, Santiago Cordero, Henry Slade, Ollie Devoto, Tom O'Flaherty; Joe Simmonds, Nic White, Alec Hepburn, Jack Yeandle (c), Harry Williams; Dave Dennis, Jonny Hill; Sam Skinner, Don Armand, Matt Kvesic. Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Greg Holmes, Mitch Lees, Sean Lonsdale, Jack Maunder, Gareth Steenson, Ian Whitten.