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Published: 12:07 | 10/1/19

Farrell cleared to start against Gloucester

There are six changes to the Munster team that defeated Connacht for Friday's Heineken Champions Cup clash against Gloucester.

The Reds sit top of Pool 2 ahead of their penultimate group game and head coach Johann van Graan has opted for experience for the trip to Kingsholm with Peter O'Mahony captaining the side.

Chris Farrell has been cleared to play after undergoing scans on the knee injury he sustained against Connacht and he retains his place in the centre alongside the returning Rory Scannell.

Mike Haley comes into the starting XV at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings, while Conor Murray returns to join Joey Carbery in the half-backs.

Niall Scannell is retained in the front row and this week he is joined by Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer as Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne start in the second row.

O'Mahony is named alongside Tommy O'Donnell and CJ Stander in the back row.

Gloucester, meanwhile, welcome back a number of players from injury for the game, which is live on BT Sport 2 on the eir sport pack.

Danny Cipriani is fit to take his place at fly-half, while Ollie Thorley takes his place on the left wing.

Henry Walker comes in at hooker with Franco Mostert move from the second row to start at blindside and Ed Slater taking his place in the engine room and Lewis Ludlow named at openside flanker.

Munster (XV v Gloucester): M Haley; A Conway, C Farrell, R Scannell, K Earls; J Carbery, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, S Archer; J Kleyn, T Beirne; P O’Mahony, T O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: R Marshall, J Loughman, J Ryan, B Holland, A Botha, A Mathewson, T Bleyendaal, D Goggin.

Gloucester (XV v Munster): T Hudson; C Sharples, B Twelvetrees, M Atkinson, O Thorley; D Cipriani, C Braley; J Hohneck, H Walker, F Balmain; E Slater, G Grobler; F Mostert, L Ludlow, B Morgan.

Replacements: F Marais, A Seville, C Knight, F Clarke, G Evans, B Vellacott, O Williams, H Trinder.

Munster head to Kingsholm to face Gloucester in the Heineken Champions Cup on Friday, 11 January live on BT Sport 2 on the eir sport pack [kick-off 7.45pm]. Subscribe here

Image: Inpho Photography/Bryan Keane

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