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Murray Named In Munster Team For Toulouse Test

Murray Named In Munster Team For Toulouse Test

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus welcomes back five Ireland internationals – Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo – for Saturday’s much-anticipated Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.45pm).

All five players last lined out for the province in the Champions Cup round 6 win over Racing 92 at Thomond Park towards the end of January.

In an unchanged front row for the sold-out clash, hooker Niall Scannell will make his 50th senior appearance for Munster as he scrums down next to fellow Ireland internationals Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan.

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Donnacha Ryan joins Billy Holland in the second row as CJ Stander packs down at number 8 with captain Peter O’Mahony and Tommy O’Donnell again on the flanks.

Conor Murray, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, is named alongside Tyler Bleyendaal at half back, while winger Keith Earls, who scored three tries during Ireland’s Six Nations campaign, and full-back Simon Zebo complete the changes to the back-line.

A further boost for the men in red sees Francis Saili make an earlier-than-expected return from a knee ligament injury to be named in the replacements. Dave O’Callaghan also features in his first European squad of the season.

MUNSTER (v Toulouse): Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Francis Saili, Andrew Conway.