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Eight World Cup squad members named for Thomond Park encounter

Guinness PRO14 rugby returns to Thomond Park tomorrow with the meeting of Munster and Ulster an appealing fixture for local fans. Hopefully there will be a decent attendance with the family friendly 5.15 kick-off time giving some of our younger generation of fans a better chance to see live professional rugby.

The added attraction of eight of the Ireland World Cup squad on view should also help to boost ticket sales. Peter O’Mahony captains Munster with Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn and CJ Stander all starting and Conor Murray among the replacements.

JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson and Chris Cloete keep their places in the side after helping Munster to a bonus-point win away over Cardiff Blues last week as Munster make 12 changes. Academy winger Liam Coombes makes his second Munster start with Mike Haley and Conway completing the back three. Mathewson and Hanrahan continue their half-back partnership with Rory Scannell and Farrell in the centre. James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Kleyn and Billy Holland in the engine room. O’Mahony, Cloete and Stander are named in the back row.

With so many high profile names on the teamsheet Munster will be fancied to get a victory, with a winning bonus point (can we mention that!!) also a possibility.

 

 

 

The best-priced tickets are available to buy online now from ticketmaster.ie, and on match-day tickets can be bought at the stadium from 9.30am.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander. Replacements: Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Murray, Tyler Bleyendaal, Arno Botha.

Ulster: Matt Faddes, Rob Lyttle, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Angus Curtis, John Cooney; Jack McGrath, Rob Herring (Capt.), Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Nick Timoney. Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Matthew Rea, David Shanahan, Bill Johnston, Robert Baloucoune.

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