Saturday 19 January 2019

Joey Carbery returns to Munster XV in only change for trip to Top 14 champions Castres

Joey Carbery. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Joey Carbery. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Joey Carbery eagerly anticipated partnership will be formed tomorrow when Munster lock horns with French champions Castres Olympique at Stade Pierre-Fabre.

Carbery's inclusion is the sole change from last week's ill-tempered 30-5 win in Limerick.

Conor Murray is set to make his 120th Munster appearance and partners Carbery in the half-backs.

Mike Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls completing the back three as Rory Scannell and Sammy Arnold continue their centre partnership.

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

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

Stephen Archer is included among the replacements after missing out last week through illness.

Munster: (15-9) Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, 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: (16-23) Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Jaco Taute.

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