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Irish Mirror
Michael Scully

Joey Carbery handed Munster vote of confidence for tough Toulouse trip

Joey Carbery has been handed a vote of confidence by Munster head coach Graham Rowntree after a difficult few days for the Reds no 10 as the province take on one of their toughest assignments of the season.

Carbery was the shock omission from Ireland's Six Nations squad on Thursday morning, with his colleague Jack Crowley getting the nod for one of the three out-half positions up for grabs along with Leinster pair Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne.

However Crowley is again named at inside centre after shrugging off an ankle problem, with Carbery retained at no 10, for the trip to take on Toulouse at the Stade Ernest-Wallon tomorrow afternoon.

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Further, there is still no place for Keith Earls in the Reds squad after he was omitted last week but still made the cut with Ireland.

Conor Murray was also surplus to requirements last week but after Andy Farrell kept faith with him at Test level, the scrum-half has been named on the bench for tomorrow.

Rowntree has named two changes to the side that clung on to beat Northampton Saints last weekend - Munster led 24-0 before Jack O'Donoghue's red card - with John Ryan coming into the front row and John Hodnett into the back row in place of O'Donoghue.

Malakai Fekitoa is also poised for his Champions Cup debut for the province at last, as he is named among the replacements - as is Ben Healy, who was selected for Scotland's Six Nations squad during the week.

If Healy features, it will be his first involvement in Europe this term.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements : Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Jack O’Sullivan, Alex Kendellen, Conor Murray, Ben Healy, Malakai Fekitoa.

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