Fri, 13 Dec, 2019
Munster team named for return clash with Saracens

Munster have named their side to face European Champions Saracens in London tomorrow (Sat 14th) afternoon in the return Champions Cup tie.

One change has been made, with John Ryan coming into the front row in place of Stephen Archer, who takes his place on the replacements bench.

In the backs, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway are on the wings, with Mike Haley picked again at Full Back.

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their partnership in the center positions.

The half back pairing of JJ Hanrahan and Conor Murray is picked again for the fly half and scrum half positions.

In the pack, it's the back row of CJ Stander at No.8, with captain Peter O'Mahony and Tadgh Beirne either side.
The second row sees the continued pairing of Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland.
In the front row it's John Ryan, Niall Scannell and James Cronin.

Coach Johann van Graan's options were limited by injuries to fly halves Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal, and Front row forwards Dave Kilcoyne and Jeremy Loughman.

Arno Botha was also unavailable following his 3 week ban for leading with the forearm in a tackle against a Saracens player last weekend, which resulted in a red card.

Last week's result at Thomond Park saw Munster run out winners over the London club by 10 points to 3, in a match that was played in difficult weather conditions and marred by mistakes on both sides.

Tomorrow's match promises to be a very different encounter as the Saracens side will be strengthened by the return of World Cup internationals Owen Farrell and the Vunipola brothers.

A win tomorrow would guarantee Munster a place in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup, with an away trip to Paris to face Racing 92 still to come.

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