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Munster boost as Murray and Earls fit to start must-win Stade clash

Tommy O’Donnell set for first European start of the season as Munster target crucial win.

Murray returned to training this week after missing the Pro12 derbies with a hip injury.
Murray returned to training this week after missing the Pro12 derbies with a hip injury.
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CONOR MURRAY AND Keith Earls have both been passed fit to start Munster’s Champions Cup trip to Stade Francais.

Head coach Anthony Foley makes six changes for Saturday’s rescheduled Pool 4 clash at the Stade Jean Bouin (4.45pm) with Murray, Earls, Dave Foley and Andrew Conway all returning from injury.

There’s a further boost in the back row where the fit-again Tommy O’Donnell makes his first European appearance of the season, while Robin Copeland is given the nod at blindside.

Rory Scannell is again named in midfield alongside Francis Saili while Ian Keatley, who kicked all nine points in the win over Ulster, holds on to the number 10 shirt.

Stade Francais

15. Hugo Bonneval
14. Julien Arias
13. Waisea Vuidarvuwalu
12. Paul Williams
11. Josaia Raisuqe
10. Morne Steyn
9. Julien Dupuy

1. Zak Taulafo
2. Laurent Sempere
3. Paul Alo Emile
4. Hugh Pyle
5. Paul Gabrillagues
6. Sekou Macalou
7. Sylvain Nicolas
8. Sergio Parisse (c)

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Replacements:

16. Laurent Panis
17. Heindrick Van Der Merwe
18. Rabah Slimani
19. Gerhard Mostert
20. Jonathan Ross
21. Julien Tomas
22. Jules Plisson
23. Jonathan Danty

Munster

15. Andrew Conway
14. Keith Earls
13. Francis Saili
12. Rory Scannell
11. Simon Zebo
10. Ian Keatley
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Mike Sherry
3. BJ Botha
4. Dave Foley
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Robin Copeland
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander (c)

Replacements:

16. Niall Scannell
17. John Ryan
18. Mario Sagario
19. Billy Holland
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Tomás O’Leary
22. Denis Hurley
23. Ronan O’Mahony

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