Berrings native picked by Munster for huge Champions Cup test at Saracens

Berrings native picked by Munster for huge Champions Cup test at Saracens
John Ryan of Munster in action against Dominic Bird of Racing 92. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

MUNSTER will face a huge challenge on Saturday when they go head to head with Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup, 3pm, at Allianz Park.

Reds coach Johann van Graan has made just one change to his starting side from last week with Berrings’ John Ryan, starting in place of Stephen Archer.

That is in contrast to his opposite number Mark McCall who has the luxury of being able to call in England players Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jamie George and Billy Vunipola along with Vincent Koch and Richard Wigglesworth making an already tough assignment near impossible for the Reds.

Saracens have lost just once in the last two years on the 4G pitch at Allianz so Munster will have to be at their best today to beat them.

Mike Haley, Andrew Conway and Keith Earls are named once again in the back three with Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continuing their centre partnership.

Conor Murray and JJ Hanrahan are named at nine and 10 with James Cronin, Niall Scannell and Ryan packing down in the front row.

The second row pairing of Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland continues this week again along with the back row of Tadhg Beirne, captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.

Dan Goggin and Tommy O’Donnell have been drafted into the replacements, taking over from Sam Arnold and Arno Botha respectively, with Goggin set to make his 50th Munster appearance.

Nick McCarthy is in line to make his first Champions Cup appearance for Munster.

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (c), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Nick McCarthy, Dan Goggin, Tommy O’Donnell.

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