Munster line out in Cardiff

Munster returned to the Millennium Stadium targeting a repeat of their greatest European day and a second Heineken Cup title in three seasons.

Munster return to the Millennium Stadium targeting a repeat of their greatest European day and a second Heineken Cup title in three seasons.

In 2006, the two-time runners-up finally clinched their first European crown with an emotional 23-19 victory over French club Biarritz.

Munster are back under the Millennium Stadium roof tonight, again cheered on by a raucous travelling support estimated at 40,000-strong and again facing French opponents.

This time standing between Declan Kidney’s men and another slice of glory is Toulouse, three-time European champions and the most successful side in Heineken Cup history.

Kidney, who has led Munster to all four of their Heineken Cup finals, is in charge for the last time before taking over as Ireland coach later this summer.

His final team selection shows no changes from Munster’s 18-16 semi-final victory over Saracens, meaning there is no start for 2006 hero Peter Stringer.

Toulouse coach Guy Noves makes two changes from the Twickenham semi-final victory over London Irish, with Maleli Kunavore coming into midfield and Thierry Dusautoir replacing fellow French international Yannick Nyanga at openside flanker.

All Black Byron Kelleher is fit to start at scrum-half for Toulouse, who reached their fifth final despite being beset by injury problems.

Munster: Horan, Flannery, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Quinlan, Wallace, Leamy, O’Leary, O’Gara, Dowling, Tipoki, Mafi, Howlett, D. Hurley.

Replacements: Sheahan, Buckley, O’Driscoll, T. Ryan, Stringer, Warwick, Earls.

Toulouse: Human, Servat, Perugini, Pelous, Albacete, Bouihlou, Dusatoir, Sowerby, Kelleher, Elissalde, Donguy, Jauzion, Kunavore, Medard, Heymans.

Replacements: Vernet-Basualdo, Poux, Nyanga, Fritz, Ahotaeiloa, Courrent.

Referee: N Owens (Wales).

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