Friday 20 July 2018

Jean Kleyn returns for Munster but Bleyendaal misses out for Racing 92 visit to Thomond Park

17 October 2017; Jean Kleyn of Munster during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
17 October 2017; Jean Kleyn of Munster during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Des Berry

South African second row Jean Kleyn has recovered in time to provide a huge boost to Munster’s pack ahead of Racing 92 coming to Thomond Park tomorrow evening.

The second row returns from the neck injury he sustained in Guinness PRO14 action against Glasgow Warriors to take his place in the engine room alongside Billy Holland.

Rassie Erasmus has opted for Ian Keatley over JJ Hanrahan at out-half in a side showing three changes.

Hooker Rhys Marshall is on hand to replace Niall Scannell, who has been ruled out with a thumb injury.

Replacement hooker Kevin O’Byrne is in line for his European debut.

The game kicks off at 5.30pm.

Munster: S Zebo; D Sweetnam, C Farrell, R Scannell, K Earls; I Keatley, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, R Marshall, S Archer, J Kleyn, B Holland, P O’Mahony (capt), T O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements:  K O’Byrne, L O’Connor, J Ryan, M Flanagan, J O’Donoghue; D Williams, JJ Hanrahan, A Conway.

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