Munster welcome back CJ Stander for visit of Saracens

The Irish province make five changes for their clash with Saracens at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday

CJ Stander

Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Munster welcome back CJ Stander to their starting line-up for this Saturday's visit of Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final.

The Ireland international went off injured during their victory over Toulouse in the quarter-final of the competition, but returns having successfully recovered from an ankle injury.

He is one of five changes to the side that overcame Ulster last weekend at Thomond Park.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan all retain their places in the front row, while Donnacha Ryan and Billy Holland complete and unchanged second row. 

Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal are brought back into the fold, while Jaco Taute returns to partner Rory Scannell in midfield.

Andrew Conway who joins Keith Earls and Simon Zebo in the back three.

Munster XV to face Saracens

15 Simon Zebo

14 Andrew Conway

13 Jaco Taute

12 Rory Scannell

11 Keith Earls

10 Tyler Bleyendaal

 9 Duncan Williams

 1 Dave Kilcoyne

2 Niall Scannell

3 John Ryan

4 Donnacha Ryan

5 Billy Holland

6 Peter O’Mahony (C)

7 Tommy O’Donnell

8 CJ Stander


16 Rhys Marshall

17 James Cronin

18 Stephen Archer

19 Dave O’Callaghan

20 Jean Deysel

21 Ian Keatley

22 Francis Saili

23 Darren Sweetnam