Friday 20 July 2018

Simon Zebo returns as Munster make five changes for Champions Cup opener

Simon Zebo during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Simon Zebo during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Simon Zebo returns to the Munster team to face Castres Olympique in this Sunday's Champions Cup opener at Stade Pierre Antoine.

Zebo will take his place at full-back with Darren Sweetnam named on the wing and Rory Scannell restored to midfield joining Champions Cup debutant Chris Farrell.

Mark Flanagan makes his first start for the province and his Champions Cup debut, as he joins the most capped player Billy Holland in the engine room while Stephen Archer joins the front row alongside Niall Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne.

There is no place in the matchday squad for JJ Hanrahan who continues his recovery from a shoulder injury on A team action this weekend.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.

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