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Munster Bring In Cronin And Botha

Munster Bring In Cronin And Botha

As Munster chase their second successive European Champions Cup win, head coach Anthony Foley has made just two changes for Friday’s round 2 showdown with Saracens at Thomond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

Both changes come in the front row and see James Cronin and BJ Botha come in at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively, while Duncan Casey remains at hooker.

Following his inclusion in the Ireland squad for the upcoming GUINNESS Series, Dave Foley will start alongside Paul O’Connell in the second row.

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In the back row Peter O’Mahony captains the side from blindside flanker with Tommy O’Donnell at openside, and another man-of-the-match performance last weekend sees CJ Stander continue at number 8.

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley combine again at half-back with the centre pairing of Denis Hurley and Andrew Smith remaining intact, while Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and Felix Jones feature once more in the back-three.

The last remaining tickets can be purchased from €;30 online here, at the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Thomond Park and Musgrave Park, or by calling 0818 719300. For now, tickets will be on sale outside the ground on matchday.

While Thomond Park’s new Fan Zone Plaza – the ideal meeting point for fans both pre and post-match – will be open from 5pm on Friday.

MUNSTER (v Saracens): Felix Jones; Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha, Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Eusebio Guinazu, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Robin Copeland, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever.