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Penney sticks to Munster’s winning formula

Rob Penney makes just one change from the side which beat Gloucester in Kingsholm.

Image: INPHO/James Crombie

Updated 14.40

STEPHEN ARCHER’S RETURN to the front row is the only change for Munster’s final Pool 6 game against Edinburgh.

Rob Penney’s side have already clinched a place in the quarter-finals but home advantage looks to be agonisingly out of their reach unless results elsewhere go their way.

Archer replaces BJ Botha in a side which is otherwise unchanged from the 20-7 win in Gloucester last weekend.

Botha is named among the replacements, as is Paddy Butler who is included in a Heineken Cup squad for the first time since injuring his thumb in October.

Butler’s return sees CJ Stander drop to the British & Irish Cup team to face Stirling County where he starts in the back row.

Edinburgh travel to Thomond Park on Sunday chasing the win that would give them a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Head coach Alan Solomons has named an unchanged 23 from their win against Perpignan last weekend.

Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony (c), Tommy O’Donnell, James Coughlan.

Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo.

Edinburgh: Jack Cuthbert; Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Ben Atiga, Tom Brown; Greig Tonks, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel; Grant Gilchrist, Izak van der Westhuizen; Cornell Du Preez, Roddy Grant, David Denton.

Replacements: Aleki Lutui, Wicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Ollie Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Grayson Hart, Carl Bezuidenhout, Joaquin Dominguez.

– Originally published 13.30

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