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Munster go with the tried and tested as they begin their European odyssey

Dave Kilcoyne and Peter O’Mahony are the only differences to the side that won the derby against Leinster.

Peter O'Mahony captains Munster from blindside flanker for the European cup opener.
Peter O'Mahony captains Munster from blindside flanker for the European cup opener.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

THERE WEREN’T ANY real surprises in Anthony Foley’s Munster team to play Sale in the opening round of the inaugural Champions Cup, with Dave Kilcoyne and Peter O’Mahony’s inclusions the only changes from their 34-23 win over Leinster earlier this month.

O’Mahony captains the side at blindside flanker for the trip to Edgeley Park with Tommy O’Donnell at seven and CJ Stander at eight completing the back row.

The backline is unchanged from Munster’s win over Leinster but Dave Kilcoyne, who was on the bench that day, comes in for James Cronin at loosehead prop.

Munster play Sale on Sky Sports at 13.00 tomorrow.

Munster:

15. Felix Jones

14. Andew Conway

13. Andrew Smith

12. Denis Hurley

11. Simon Zebo

10. Ian Keatley

9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne

2. Duncan Casey

3. Stephen Archer

4. Dave Foley

5. Paul O’Connell

6. Peter O’Mahony,

7. Tommy O’Donnell

8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17.James Cronin

18. BJ Botha

19. Billy Holland

20. Robin Copeland

21. Duncan Williams

22. JJ Hanrahan

23. Gerhard van den Heever.


Sale:

15. Michael Haley

14. Tom Brady

13. Johnny Leota

12. Sam Tuitupou

11. Tom Arscott

10. Danny Cipriani

9. Chris Cusiter

1. Eifion Lewis-Roberts

2. Marc Jones

3. Vadim Cobilas

4. Jon Mills

5. Michael Paterson

6. Magnus Lund

7. David Seymour (c)

8. Mark Easter

Replacements:

16. Shalva Mamukashvili

17. Ross Harrison

18. Alberto de Marchi

19. Andrei Ostrikov

20. Josh Beaumont

21. Will Cliff

22. Joe Ford

23. Mark Jennings

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