Billy Stickland/INPHO Crowley: young out-half keeps his place after starting against Ulster last weekend.
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Munster hand out-half Crowley first European start in Castres trip
Head coach Johann van Graan makes five changes for Friday evening’s game at the Stade Pierre-Fabre.

MUNSTER OUT-HALF Jack Crowley has been handed his first European start for tomorrow evening’s Heineken Champions Cup trip to Castres Olympique.

Head coach Johann van Graan makes five changes to the side which battled back to beat Ulster last weekend, including a return for the injured Peter O’Mahony, who captains the side.

Conor Murray comes back in to start at scrum-half alongside Crowley, while Keith Earls and Andrew Conway add further international experience on the wings.

Jack O’Donoghue returns to the back row, replacing John Hodnett who drops to the bench, while Tadhg Beirne moves into the second row where he’ll partner Fineen Wycherley.

Jean Kleyn is named among the replacements having missed out against Ulster with a knee injury, while out-half Jake Flannery is set to make his European debut as a replacement.

Kick-off at the Stade Pierre-Fabre is at 8pm, with the match live on BT Sport.

Munster (vs Castres)

  • 15. Mike Haley
  • 14. Andrew Conway
  • 13. Chris Farrell
  • 12. Rory Scannell
  • 11. Keith Earls
  • 10. Jack Crowley
  • 9. Conor Murray
  • 1. Dave Kilcoyne
  • 2. Niall Scannell
  • 3. Stephen Archer
  • 4. Fineen Wycherley
  • 5. Tadhg Beirne
  • 6. Peter O’Mahony (capt)
  • 7. Jack O’Donoghue
  • 8. Gavin Coombes


  • 16. Diarmuid Barron
  • 17. Jeremy Loughman
  • 18. John Ryan
  • 19. Jean Kleyn
  • 20. John Hodnett
  • 21. Craig Casey
  • 22. Jake Flannery
  • 23. Shane Daly

- Originally published at 12:30

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