Wednesday 23 January 2019

Simon Zebo benched as Munster name team to face Racing 92 in Champions Cup crunch

Simon Zebo starts on the bench against Racing
Simon Zebo starts on the bench against Racing

Simon Zebo has been named on the bench for Munster's Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 on Sunday.

Quarter-final hero Andrew Conway takes his place as Johann van Graan makes a huge call ahead of the crunch tie.

Zebo is playing his final season with the province before his summer switch to Sunday's opponents and has been struggling with an ankle injury of late.

Keith Earls returns from injury to make his 150th appearance for the province while Peter O'Mahony will captain the side.

Racing boss Pat Lambie starts at out-half ahead of All Blacks legend Dan Carter while Donnacha Ryan gets the nod in the second-row against his former teammates.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, John Ryan, Gerbrandt Grobler, Robin Copeland, James Hart, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo.

Racing: 15. Louis Dupichot; 14. Teddy Thomas, 13. Virimi Vakatawa, 12. Henry Chavancy, 11. Marc Andreu; 10. Pat Lambie, 9. Maxime Machenaud;  1. Eddy Ben Arous, 2. Camille Chat, 3. Cedate Gomes Sa, 4. Donnacha Ryan, 5. Leone Nakarawa, 6. Wenceslas Lauret, 7. Bernard Le Roux, 8. Yannick Nyanga

Replacements: 16. Dimitri Szarzewski, 17. Vasil Kakovin, 18. Viliamu Afatia, 19. Antonie Claassen, 20. Baptiste Chouzenoux, 21. Teddy Iribaren, 22. Dan Carter, 23. Joe Rokocoko

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