No space for Keatley as Munster name team to play Racing Metro

It's the only Champions Cup match this weekend

BY Simon Maguire 12:20 Friday 6 January 2017, 12:20 6 Jan 2017

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Rassie Erasmus has named his Munster side to play Racing Metro in their rearranged Champions Cup match on Saturday.

There is no place in the squad for Ian Keatley who starred in the win over Connacht last time out. Instead, Tyler Bleyendaal resumes his half-back partnership with Conor Murray.

Rory Scannell and Jaco Taute complete the midfield with Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway and Ronan O'Mahony named in the back three.

In the pack, Niall Scannell and John Ryan both return to join James Cronin in the front row with Donnacha Ryan and Billy Holland in the second row.

An impressive back-row sees Tommy O'Donnell, Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander starting together.

Keith Earls starts from the bench alongside Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams and Francis Saili.

Munster currently in second place in pool 1, two points behind Glasgow Warriors. Leicester Tigers are on eight points while Racing have yet to register a single point. 

In an interesting side note, the Irish side need just one try to reach 400 in Europe's top flight and would become the third club to reach this milestone with Toulouse and Leicester Tigers.

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