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Zebo at full-back, Mark Flanagan gets first start v Castres

(Pictured, Tyler Bleneydaal starts at 10, Pic JOE BUCKLEY)
AFTER the experiments of last week-end, Munster return to the tried and trusted for Sunday’s meeting with Castres Olympique this Sunday, October 15 at Stade Pierre Antoine (at 2pm/Ipm Irish) in their opening salvo of this season’s Champions Cup.
It’s Simon Zebo at full-back, Earls and Sweetnam on the wings and Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell in the centre. Tyler Bleyendaal returns to the ten shirt with Conor Murray partnering him at scrum-half. There is no room for Andrew Conway, who will be on the bench.
In the forwards, newcomer Mark Flanagan makes his first start for the province and his Champions Cup debut, as he joins the most capped player Billy Holland in the engine room.
Stephen Archer is introduced to the front row alongside Niall Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne and it’s as you were across the back row with Tommy O’Donnell, captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.
It will be the 13th time these sides have met in Europe and in turn it becomes the most played fixture in the competition’s history.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.

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