Chris Farrell has recovered from a knee injury suffered against Connacht last weekend as head coach Johann van Graan makes six changes in personnel for Friday's Heineken Champions Cup clash with Gloucester on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).

The centre played all 80 minutes in the Guinness Pro14 defeat of Connacht on his comeback from injury, but there were fears that he could be set for another period on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old however retains the 13 jersey, with his midfield partner Rory Scannell one of six players coming back into the starting XV.

Mike Haley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer and CJ Stander are all included for the Pool 2 clash.

Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings, with Murray and Joey Carbery in situ at half-back.

Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Archer pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Captain Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and Stander make up the Munster back row.

Rhys Marshall returns from injury and is named among the replacements with the hooker set to make his first appearance since October’s clash against Gloucester.

Meanwhile Gerbrandt Grobler starts for Gloucester against his former side, with England out-half Danny Cipriani selected at out-half.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (captain), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.

Gloucester team: Tom Hudson; Charlie Sharples, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Ollie Thorley, Danny Cipriani, Callum Braley; Josh Hohneck, Henry Walker, Fraser Balmain; Ed Slater, Gerbrandt Grobler, Franco Mostert, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Morgan (captain).

Replacements: Franco Marais, Alex Seville, Ciaran Knight, Freddie Clarke, Gareth Evans, Ben Vellacott, Owen Williams, Henry Trinder.

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