Munster confirm starting line-up to face Edinburgh in Champions Cup

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Munster confirm starting line-up to face Edinburgh in Champions Cup

Out-half Joey Carbery starts for Munster in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday, 12.45pm

MUNSTER Head Coach Johann van Graan has named his side for the province’s record 18th Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday, 12.45pm – live on Channel 4/Virgin Media/BT Sport.

Peter O’Mahony returns to captain the side as one of 11 changes to the team that defeated Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 last weekend.

Joey Carbery has recovered from a hamstring injury and returns to the backline along with Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Keith Earls and Conor Murray.

The six changes in the pack see Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan pack down in the front row with locks Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne also returning alongside flanker O’Mahony.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Conway and Earls on either flank. Rory Scannell is joined by Farrell in the centres with Murray and Carbery in the half-backs.

Jack O’Donoghue makes his first Champions Cup start of the season in the back row having made his full return from injury last week. CJ Stander completes the side at number night.

The squad are travelling to Edinburgh from Shannon Airport today, Friday, and will be arriving at Murrayfield at around 11am on matchday.

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), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.

EDINBURGH: Darcy Graham; Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe; Jaco van der Walt, Henry Pyrgos; Pierre Schoeman (19), Stuart McInally (Capt), WP Nel; Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist; John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata. Replacements: Ross Ford; Allan Dell; Simon Berghan; Magnus Bradbury; Jamie Ritchie; Charlie Shiel; Simon Hickey; Mark Bennett.