Tuesday 12 December 2017

New boy Stander braced for Warriors battle

Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Pk, Today (KO 7.45) Live TG4

South African CJ Stander will make his first start for Munster in his second appearance as they bid to move back into the top four at home to the Warriors this evening.

Back rowers Tommy O'Donnell and James Couglan return from injury, while centre Keith Earls, wing Simon Zebo, fly-half Ronan O'Gara, prop Dave Kilcoyne and locks Donncha O'Callaghan and Donnacha Ryan return from Ireland.

Munster: F Jones; D Howlett (capt), K Earls, J Downey, S Zebo; R O'Gara, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha, D O'Callaghan, D Ryan, CJ Stander, T O'Donnell, J Coughlan.

Glasgow: P Murchie; S Lamont, S Hogg, P Horne, DTH van der Merwe; D Weir, H Pyrgos; R Grant, D Hall, M Cusack, T Swinson, A Kellock (capt), R Harley, J Barclay, R Wilson.

Connacht v Edinburgh, The Sportsground, Today (5.0)

Coach Eric Elwood has had both hands tied behind his back by a colossal 17 injuries, including Ireland second row Mike McCarthy and senior players Frank Murphy, Nathan White, John Muldoon and George Naoupu.

Props Brett Wilkinson -- set to earn his 150th cap -- and Nathan White and flanker Johnny O'Connor are the three changes as South African Danie Poolman continues to bed in at centre.

Connacht: R Henshaw; T O'Halloran, D Poolman, D McSharry, G Duffy (capt); D Parks, K Marmion; B Wilkinson, J Harris-Wright, R Loughney, M Kearney, A Browne, J O'Connor, W Faloon, E McKeon.

Edinburgh: G Tonks; T Brown, N de Luca, M Scott, T Visser; G Laidlaw (capt), R Rees; A Jacobsen, A Titterell, W Nel, P Parker, S Cox, D Denton, R Grant, S McInally.

The Scarlets v Ulster, Parc Y Scarlets, Sunday (KO 4.0) Live RTE2

The Welsh clubs have been severely handicapped by the culling of their international contingent -- Wales play Australia this afternoon -- ahead of the visit of unbeaten Ulster to west Wales.

Coach Mark Anscombe has rewarded Craig Gilroy for his Ireland impact in one of nine changes which also see captain Johann Muller return.

Hooker Rory Best has to make do with a place on the bench.

The Scarlets: D Newton; K Phillips, G Maule, G Owen, A Fenby; A Thomas, G Davies; P John, E Phillips, J Adriaanse, J Snyman, R Kelly, G Earle, J Edwards (capt), K Murphy.

Ulster: P Nelson; A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson, P Marshall; C Black, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (capt), N McComb, I Henderson, R Diack, R Wilson.

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