Johann van Graan names team for Racing clash in Thomond Park


The Munster team to face Racing 92 in the Champions Cup on Saturday evening at Thomond Park has been named by Head Coach Johann van Graan.

There are three changes to the side that defeated Ospreys last weekend as JJ Hanrahan, Tadhg Beirne and Jack O’Donoghue all come into the starting XV.

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Leinster vs Munster
Munster’s Tadhg Beirne scores a try
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Mike Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on either flank.

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership with Conor Murray and Hanrahan in the half-backs.

Last week’s Man of the Match Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and John Ryan pack down in the front row.

Beirne partners Jean Kleyn in the engine room with O’Donoghue named in a back row that also includes captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.

Alby Mathewson is among the replacements and is set to play his last game for the province.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Fineen Wycherley, Alby Mathewson, Dan Goggin, Arno Botha.

Player Update: Tyler Bleyendaal reported stiffness this week and was unavailable for selection.

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