Munster bring back international heavyweights for Leicester game
South African flanker Chris Cloete to make European debut
Chris Cloete makes his Champions Cup debut for Munster at openside flanke for the visit of Leicester to Thomond Park. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho
New Munster coach Johann van Graan brings in five international players among six changes in his side for Saturday night’s Champions Cup match against Leicester at Thomond Park (7.45pm).
Murray joins Ian Keatley in the halfbacks with Rory Scannell and Sam Arnold again form the midfield pairing. Arnold makes his Champions Cup debut in red after last representing Ulster in Europe in January 2016.
Included in the replacements is Darren O’Shea, who is also in line to make his Champions Cup debut.
MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sam Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, John Ryan, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Darren Sweetnam.