Stander to captain Munster against Southern Kings

CJ Stander will captain Munster in their game against the Southern Kings. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

A MUCH changed Munster side will be captained by CJ Stander tomorrow in their Guinness PRO14 game against Southern Kings.

Stander is one of five players to retain their place in the starting lineup from the one that earned a dramatic 20-19 victory against Toulon in last week’s Champions Cup quarter final at Thomond Park.

Head Coach Johann van Graan has named an all new front row with James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan replacing Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer.

Gerbrandt Grobler comes in to partner Jean Kleyn in an all South African second row. In the back row, Stander is joined by Dave O’Callaghan and Conor Oliver.

Ian Keatley is another to keep his place from the Toulon game and is joined at half back by James Hart. Dan Goggin replaces Sammy Arnold in the centre alongside Rory Scannell, while Calvin Nash, Alex Wootton and JJ Hanrahan are named in the back three.

Van Graan has also opted for six forwards on the replacements bench. Kilcoyne, if introduced will win his 150th appearance if he comes on in the game that has a 6:35pm kick off on Saturday. The game is live on TG4.

MUNSTER: JJ Hanrahan; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, James Hart; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Gerbrandt Grobler; Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, David Kilcoyne, Brian Scott, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Jack Stafford, Stephen Fitzgerald, Robin Copeland.