Munster change frontrow for Saracens visit to Thomond Park
England outhalf Owen Farrell returns for the Premiership side ahead of Champions Cup clash
BJ Bothain Munster line-up to face Saracens on Friday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho
After making an impact coming off the bench together early in the second half at the AJ Bell Stadium, props James Cronin and BJ Botha come in at loosehead and tighthead respectively.
Otherwise, it’s as you were for Foley’s men, with Dave Foley set to partner Paul O’Connell again, in the week of his first call up to an Ireland squad.
In the backrow, Peter O’Mahony captains the side from six, with Tommy O’Donnell at seven and CJ Stander at number eight, after his excellent man-of-the-match performance against Sale.
Saracens stand out performer in the 30-23 win over Clermont Auvergne was Charlie Hodgson, but he has been dropped for the physical presence of incumbent England number 10 Owen Farrell, who will partner Neil de Kock in the halfbacks.
Munster: F Jones, A Conway, A Smith, D Hurley, S Zebo; I Keatley, C Murray; J Cronin, D Casey, BJ Botha; D Foley, P O’Connell; P O’Mahony (captain), T O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: E Guinazu, D Kilcoyne, S Archer, B Holland, R Copeland, D Williams, JJ Hanrahan, G van den Heever
Saracens: A Goode; C Ashton, M Bosch, B Barritt (capt), D Strettle; O Farrell, N de Kock;R Barrington, J George, P Du Plessis; G Kruis, J Hamilton; K Brown, W Fraser, B Vunipola. Replacements: S Spurling, R Gill, J Johnston, M Botha, J Wray, R Wigglesworth, C Hodgson, D Taylor.
Referee: Jerome Garces (France)