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Big names return for Munster ahead of Limerick clash with Tigers

Rassie Erasmus has made six changes to the XV that beat Glasgow last time out.

RASSIE ERASMUS HAS made six changes to his Munster team for tomorrow’s Champions Cup pool clash with the Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park [KO 3.15pm, BT Sport 2].

Simon Zebo and Conor Murray Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Ireland internationals Conor Murray, Keith Earls, Simon Zebo, Donnacha Ryan and CJ Stander all return to the XV, while Kiwi out-half Tyler Bleyendaal is also back after sitting out last weekend’s Pro12 win over Glasgow.

Rhys Marshall, Thomas Du Toit and Jean Kleyn are set to make their European debuts off the Munster bench.

Munster come into this Pool 1 tie on a run of six consecutive wins, and have announced that 24,000 tickets have now been sold.

Meanwhile, Leicester have welcomed Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs back into their XV, with the powerful centre returning from a groin injury and the intelligent scrum-half back after his impressive involvement in England’s November series.

Tom Youngs returns to captain the side from hooker and Owen Williams named in midfield, while former Ireland U20 international George McGuigan is included on the bench.

Munster: 

15. Simon Zebo
14. Darren Sweetnam
13. Jaco Taute
12. Rory Scannell
11. Keith Earls
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Niall Scannell
3. John Ryan
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Billy Holland
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander

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Replacements:

16. Rhys Marshall
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Stephen Archer
19. Jean Kleyn
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Duncan Williams
22. Ian Keatley
23. Andrew Conway

Leicester: 

15. George Worth
14. Adam Thompstone
13. Manu Tuilagi
12. Owen Williams
11. Peter Betham
10. Freddie Burns
9. Ben Youngs

1. Logovi’i Mulipola
2. Tom Youngs (captain)
3. Greg Bateman
4. Ed Slater
5. Graham Kitchener
6. Mike Fitzgerald
7. Brendon O’Connor
8. Lachlan McCaffrey

Replacements:

16. George McGuigan
17. Ellis Genge
18. Pat Cilliers
19. Luke Hamilton
20. Will Evans
21. Sam Harrison
22. Jack Roberts
23. Tom Brady

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