Updated: Friday, 25 Apr 2014 13:02 | Comments
Damien Varley has been named as captain for Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon in Marseille on Sunday (4.30pm Irish time).
The hooker will lead the side in the absence of regular captain Peter O’Mahony, who is out for the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.
There are two changes to the side who thrashed Toulouse in the quarter-finals, for what is their 11th Heineken Cup semi-final appearance.
South African CJ Stander takes O’Mahony’s place at No 6 with Sean Dougall in for Tommy O’Donnell at openside.
JJ Hanrahan is named on the bench after recovering from a groin tear but there is no place for Donnacha Ryan.
Ryan, who has been battling with a foot injury since the Treviso game in March, did take part in this week’s training programme but has not been included in the side after a final assessment was made following this morning’s training session in Thomond Park.
Munster team: Felix Jones; Keith Earls,Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley (capt), BJ Botha; Dave Foley, P O’Connell; CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, James Coughlan.
Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, John Ryan, Donncha O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley.
Full commentary of Toulon v Munster on RTÉ 2FM on Sunday. Presented by Damien O’Meara with Tony Ward, commentary comes from Michael Corcoran and Donal Lenihan.