Saturday 19 August 2017

Murray returns to Munster starting line-up as Erasmus makes 12 changes for PRO12 semi-final

15 May 2017; Conor Murray of Munster during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
15 May 2017; Conor Murray of Munster during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Rassie Erasmus has made 12 changes to the Munster team that beat Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 finale as his side take on Ospreys in tomorrow's second semi-final at Thomond Park.

Crucially for Munster, Conor Murray is back in the starting team for the first time since before the Six Nations, while Francis Saili and Donnacha Ryan will make their final appearances at Thomond Park before they depart at the end of the season.

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Jaco Taute and Ian Keatley, who have both signed new deals with the province, are named on the bench.

Here is Munster's team for the clash, which kicks off at 6.15pm tomorrow.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony – capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Jean Deysel, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Jaco Taute.

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