Friday 18 August 2017

World Cup stars back in Munster side to face Edinburgh

Simon Zebo is back in the Munster team
Simon Zebo is back in the Munster team

Tom Rooney

Ireland stars Conor Murray and Keith Earls will make their first appearances of the season for Munster since retuning from World Cup duty as head coach Anthony Foley makes eight chances to the side that beat Ulster for tomorrow’s Pro 12 showdown with Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Murray and Earls will be joined by international colleagues Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan, who start at full back and lock respectively.

Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey and John Ryan comprise an all new front row, while Ronan O’Mahony is named on the wing for his first appearance of the campaign.

Earls will form a first-time midfield combination with recent recruit Francis Sali, and Murray resumes his partnership at half-back with Ian Keatley.

In the back row, captain CJ Stander slots in at number eight, with Dave O’Callaghan moving to the blind-side and Jack O’Donoghue continuing at 7.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Gerhard van den Heever, Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Dave Foley; Dave O'Callaghan, Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander – capt.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, James Cronin, Mario Sagario, Robin Copeland, Jordan Coghlan, Tomás O'Leary, Rory Scannell, Denis Hurley.

  • Edinburgh v Munster, Guinness PRO12 Round 7, Saturday November 7th at Murrayfield - KO 5.15pm.

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