As a mark of respect to the late Anthony Foley, Munster have retired the number eight jersey for the Glasgow game on Saturday in the European Champions Cup. Ireland international CJ Stander, who has been selected in the number eight position, will wear number 24.

Further tributes will be made at Thomond Park to Munster head coach Foley, who died in Paris last weekend, hours before the Irish province's scheduled Champions Cup opener against Racing 92.

Foley's funeral took place in his home town of Killaloe, Co Clare on Friday.

And the Munster rugby family will continue remembering the 42-year-old on Saturday, including through a commemorative match programme and a minute's silence, during which what has been described as "a special tribute" from supporters in Thomond Park's West Stand will take place.

Young players from Foley's former club Shannon RFC, meanwhile, and students representing his school St Munchin's will form a guard of honour as the teams run out.

"The great man touched so many hearts," Munster rugby director Rassie Erasmus said.

"One's life is greater than any sport or sporting occasion. However, Thomond Park held a special place in Axel's (Foley's) heart, and as difficult as it will be to play the next game - no matter the time, opposition and venue - we have an opportunity to play there this Saturday.

"That is something that is hugely important to all of us and cannot be easily dismissed.

"Playing in Thomond Park further ties us to his memory, and will be a chance for all, including our supporters and the community, to feel that connection and closeness to him at this time."

Munster have made just one change from the side originally named to face Racing, with Keith Earls returning on the left wing after completing his return to play protocols for a concussion sustained against Leinster earlier this month. 

Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren Sweetnam will make their European debuts while academy prop Brian Scott could also do so after being named on the bench. 

In other news, the province confirmed that scrum half Tomás O’Leary has joined French Top 14 outfit Montpellier on a four month loan agreement. 

Munster XV: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O'Mahony - capt., Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Duncan Casey, Brian Scott, Stephen Archer, Robin Copeland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O'Mahony.