Anthony Foley makes four changes for vital Edinburgh clash

CJ Stander and Conor Murray both start with Champions Cup hopes on the line

CJ Stander captains Munster in their crunch game against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

CJ Stander captains Munster in their crunch game against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

 

Anthony Foley has made five changes to his Munster side for Friday night’s Pro 12 fixture against Edinburgh.

The game at Musgrave Park will be the first since it was announced Johan Erasmus is to join the province as director of rugby at the start of July.

Munster are currently seventh place in the Pro 12 table and tied on points with the Scots, who sit a place above them, meaning a win is critical if Champions Cup qualification is to be achieved.

Four of the changes have come in the pack with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Dave Foley and Dave O’Callaghan all retuning to the starting XV.

Meanwhile in the back line Andrew Conway moves into the back three alongside Keith Earls and Simon Zebo.

Conor Murray and CJ Stander are also among the starters as Munster look to rescue their season.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Johnny Holland, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O’Mahony.

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