Tuesday 12 November 2019

O'Mahony and Stockdale lead return of the big guns

Peter O'Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile
Peter O'Mahony. Photo: Sportsfile

Des Berry

Peter O'Mahony is one of seven World Cup participants in the starting line-up for Munster tonight ahead of their PRO14 League clash with Ulster at Thomond Par.

The captain will be joined by fellow forwards Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn and CJ Stander in the pack with coach Johann van Graan opting for the South African version of six forwards on the bench.

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Andrew Conway and Chris Farrell will return to the backline with Conor Murray restricted to the replacements.

Academy winger Liam Coombes will make his second Munster start with Mike Haley and Conway completing the back three.

Ulster's Ireland duo of Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy are back in Dan McFarland's ranks as they make seven change from the win over Zebre, the most interesting of which is a first start at fly-half this season for Angus Curtis.

John Cooney will make his 50th appearance for Ulster and the Dubliner will be eager to make a better impression on new Ireland head coach Andy Farrell than he did on the now departed Joe Schmidt during the summer.

Tighthead Marty Moore will have his first start of the season in the front-row with captain Rob Herring and loosehead Jack McGrath.

MUNSTER - M Haley; A Conway, C Farrell, R Scannell, L Coombes; JJ Hanrahan, A Mathewson; J Cronin, N Scannell, J Ryan; J Kleyn, B Holland; P O'Mahony (capt), C Cloete, CJ Stander. Replacements: J Loughman, K O'Byrne, S Archer, F Wycherley, J O'Donoghue, Arno Botha, C Murray, T Bleyendaal.

ULSTER - M Faddes; R Lyttle, L Marshall, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; A Curtis, J Cooney; J McGrath, R Herring (capt), M Moore; A O'Connor, S Carter; S Reidy, J Murphy, N Timoney. Replacements: A McBurney, E O'Sullivan, T O'Toole, K Treadwell, M Rea; D Shanahan, B Johnston, R Baloucoune.

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Verdict: Munster

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