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Three players released from Ireland camp for Erasmus' Munster farewell

Chris Cloete will also make his debut for the province against Dragons.

SOUTH AFRICAN FLANKER Chris Cloete will make his Munster debut in tomorrow’s Guinness Pro14 clash against Dragons, a game which could mark the end of Rassie Erasmus’ tenure in charge.

Chris Cloete Cloete starts for Munster tomorrow night. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Cloete joined the province from Super Rugby side Southern Kings in July but only linked up with Munster at the start of this month following the completion of his Currie Cup commitments.

The 26-year-old starts in a powerful looking Munster back row unit which also contains Jack O’Donoghue and Robin Copeland for the visit of Bernard Jackman’s Dragons to Musgrave Park [KO 7.35pm].

Munster also have Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell and Ian Keatley available after they were released from Ireland camp, while Simon Zebo starts at fullback and JJ Hanrahan at out-half.

In total, there are 10 changes from the defeat to Connacht last time out with Billy Holland set to captain the side on the occasion of his 170th Munster appearance.


15. Simon Zebo
14. Darren Sweetnam
13. Chris Farrell
12. Rory Scannell
11. Alex Wootton
10. JJ Hanrahan
9. Duncan Williams

1. Liam O’Connor
2. Rhys Marshall
3. Stephen Archer
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Billy Holland (captain)
6. Jack O’Donoghue
7. Chris Cloete
8. Robin Copeland.


16. Kevin O’Byrne
17. James Cronin
18. Brian Scott
19. Darren O’Shea
20. Mark Flanagan
21. James Hart
22. Ian Keatley
23. Sam Arnold.

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