CJ Stander on bench as Munster make two changes for clash with Cardiff

CJ Stander on bench as Munster make two changes for clash with Cardiff

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus makes just two changes from the side that defeated Scarlets for tomorrow night's Guinness PRO12 encounter with Cardiff Blues.

In an unchanged pack, James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan form the front row with Dave Foley and captain Billy Holland again completing the tight five.

Dave O'Callaghan remains at blindside with last weekend's man-of-the-match Tommy O'Donnell and Jack O'Donoghue continuing at openside and number 8 respectively.

The first change is seen in the half-backs with Ian Keatley coming in to partner Duncan Williams.

Rory Scannell and academy centre Dan Goggin continue in midfield with the final change seen at full back where Andrew Conway makes his first appearance of the season in joining Ronan O'Mahony and Darren Sweetnam in the back three.

Named amongst the replacements, returning international CJ Stander, hooker Duncan Casey and academy full back Stephen Fitzgerald are all in line to make their first PRO12 appearances of the season. Casey spent much of last season rehabbing a pectoral tear and if sprung from the bench will make his first competitive appearance since November of last year.

Munster XV: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Billy Holland - capt.; Dave O'Callaghan, Tommy O'Donnell, Jack O'Donoghue.

Replacements: Duncan Casey, Dave Kilcoyne, Brian Scott, Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Tomás O'Leary, Cian Bohane, Stephen Fitzgerald.

More in this Section

Draw sees 10-man Bohs bag Euro spotDraw sees 10-man Bohs bag Euro spot

Cup finalists Rovers seal Students’ fateCup finalists Rovers seal Students’ fate

Drogs’ vital late levellerDrogs’ vital late leveller

Cork City end home campaign on a highCork City end home campaign on a high


Sunday Lunch costs €45 per person and includes several set courses but with a choice of mains.Restaurant Review: Bastible Restaurant, Dublin

It never ceases to stop me in my tracks when I hear my husband intone to our children one of the oft overused phrases from my stockpile of, “Can you just not?” categories.Lindsay Woods: If my children feel I’m doing it wrong then I must be doing it right

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness — John Keats had it right about autumn.Eyes on the pies: Eight apple tarts put to the taste test

Simone Rocha invited ieStyle into her London studio for an exclusive look behind the scenes as she put the finishing touches to her acclaimed collection for Fashion Week. Rachel Marie Walsh reportsBeing Simone Rocha: An exclusive look behind the scenes

More From The Irish Examiner