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CJ Stander named in Munster team for final home game of the season

CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell and James Cronin have been named in the Munster team for Friday’s...

CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell and James Cronin have been named in the Munster team for Friday’s Rainbow Cup clash against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park.

All three will make their final Munster appearances at Thomond Park with Stander to captain Johann van Graan's side.

The Munster head coach has made seven changes for the visit of Cardiff with Mike Haley, Rory Scannell, Joey Carbery, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer and Fineen Wycherley coming into the starting 15.

Haley is named at full-back as wingers Andrew Conway and Shane Daly keep their places.

Rory Scannell starts at inside centre as Damian de Allende moves to the 13 jersey.

Craig Casey keeps his place at scrum-half and is joined by Joey Carbery in the half-backs.

Cronin, Niall Scannell and Archer start in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Wycherley in the engine room.

Jack O’Donoghue, O’Donnell and Stander complete the side.

Gavin Coombes returns from illness and is named among the replacements.

Munster team: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Damian de Allende, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony, Nick McCarthy, Jack Crowley, Jack O’Sullivan.

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