Tuesday 16 October 2018

Pro14 team news: Grobler to make first senior start for Munster, Larmour starts for Leinster while Murphy reaches landmark

Gerbrandt Grobler of Munster is tackled by Renato Giammarioli, left, and Leonard Krumov of Zebre. Photo: Sportsfile
Gerbrandt Grobler of Munster is tackled by Renato Giammarioli, left, and Leonard Krumov of Zebre. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Gerbrandt Grobler. Photo: Sportsfile

Gerbrandt Grobler will make his first senior start for Munster in tomorrow's (Saturday, kick off 5.30pm) Pro14 clash against Cardiff Blues in Wales.

The South African, who served a two-year ban for doping, was given a rousing reception when he came off the bench to make his controversial Munster debut against Zebre at Thomond Park last week.

Jack O'Donoghue will captain Munster for the first time in a side that sees 10 changes to the one that beat Zebre 33-5.

Meanwhile, Jordi Murphy will make his 100th appearance for Leinster in their Pro14 match against reigning champions Scarletts.

Jordan Larmour, fresh from his Ireland debut in last weekend's Six Nations win over Italy, starts at full-back while Adam Byrne makes his first start since surgery on his knee.

Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Gerbrandt Grobler, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Dave O’Callaghan, James Hart, Tyler Bleyendaal, Simon Zebo.

Leinster: 15. Jordan Larmour, 14. Adam Byrne, 13. Rory O’Loughlin, 12. Noel Reid, 11. James Lowe, 10. Ross Byrne, 9. Luke McGrath, 1. Ed Byrne, 2. Seán Cronin, 3. Michael Bent, 4. Ross Molony, 5. Scott Fardy, 6. Josh Murphy, 7. Jordi Murphy, 8. Max Deegan

Replacements: 16. Richardt Strauss, 17. Peter Dooleym 18. Oisín Heffernan, 19. Ian Nagle, 20. Will Connors, 21. Nick McCarthy, 22. Ciarán Frawley, 23. Barry Daly (19)

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)

 

 

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