Munster v Racing Metro - Heineken Cup match preview

Last updated: 20th January 2013  

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Munster have made just the one change as they look to clinch a place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals with a victory over Racing Metro.

Munster are still in the hunt for top spot - but with leaders Saracens facing winless Edinburgh and holding a three-point lead, their best chance of progression could be via one of the two runners-up places.

Racing's home loss to Saracens ended their hopes of making it into the last-eight, although they could still claim one of the three spots for the Amlin Challenge Cup should they win at Thomond Park.

Munster have named Ian Keatley at fly-half for the must-win clash as Ronan O'Gara misses out through suspension. Keatley's promotion to the starting XV means JJ Hanrahan comes onto the bench.

Racing have made whole changes to their line-up, with Dimitri Szarzewski, Fabrice Estebanez, Juan-Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff and Henry Chavancy among those missing.

Former Bath and England back Olly Barkley does start for them, though.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Keith Earls, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 John Ryan, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Casey Laulala.

Racing Metro: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Julien Jane, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Sereli Bobo, 10 Olly Barkley, 9 Mathieu Belie, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Antoine Batut, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Benjamin Sa, 2 Benjamin Noirot, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Andrea Lo Cicero, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 20 Benjamin Fall, 21 Santiago Dellape, 22 Sebastien Descons, 23 Masi Matadigo.

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