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Tommy O'Donnell returns as Munster target win and home quarter-final

TOD, Cronin and O’Mahony all named to start Munster’s final pool game.

Tommy O'Donnell: took a knock against Racing earlier this month.
Tommy O'Donnell: took a knock against Racing earlier this month.
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TOMMY O’DONNELL HAS shaken off the ankle injury that ruled him out of Munster’s nailbiting win in Glasgow.

That 14-12 victory leaves Rassie Erasmus’s side in full control of their Champions Cup destiny, and with their quarter-final place already secure, a win against Racing 92 on Saturday would guarantee home advantage in the last eight [kick-off 5.30pm, Sky Sports].

O’Donnell returns as one of two changes in the pack for the Thomond Park clash, with James Cronin getting the nod over Dave Kilcoyne at loosehead.

Ronan O’Mahony starts on the wing in place of Keith Earls, who is ruled out after taking a knock to his ribs in training this week.

Munster

15. Simon Zebo
14. Andrew Conway
13. Jaco Taute
12. Rory Scannell
11. Ronan O’Mahony
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
9. Conor Murray

1. James Cronin
2. Niall Scannell
3. John Ryan
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Donnacha Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony (capt)
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Rhys Marshall
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Thomas du Toit
19. Billy Holland
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Duncan Williams
22. Ian Keatley
23. Francis Saili

– An earlier version of this article incorrectly started that Ronan O’Mahony will start in midfield; he starts on the left wing.

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