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In Limerick on Saturday, it's set to be around 14C, partly sunny. 

Following the cancellation of the Leinster-Toulon clash because of a positive Covid-19 test in the French side's squad, Munster are now the sole Irish representatives this weekend in the Champions Cup when they face Toulouse.

An unnamed player for Toulon returned a positive test, with tournament organisers EPCR confirming in a short statement that the match at the RDS will now not go ahead.

No doubt, further statements will be issued as to what happens next, and whether Leinster could get a bye into next weekend's quarter-final.  

Munster must lift themselves from the disappointment of another no-show in a knockout game against Leinster, something that both head coach Johann van Grann and attack coach Stephen Larkham admitted would take a bit of work.

Still, we've seen in recent weeks (Ireland v England) that teams are capable of producing an exceptional performance without any indication beforehand that it’s possible.

You get the feeling that it’s going to take something special for Munster to win and earn a quarter-final against Wasps or Clermont but the fact they are defending a 16-game unbeaten record at home in the competition helps. The absence of a crowd does not. 

The 2006 and 2008 winners beat Harlequins 21-7 at Thomond and Clermont 39-31 on the road to finish fourth in Pool B, while the French outfit’s 29-22 victory over Ulster and the walkover win over Exeter left them one place higher.

It will be the seventh meeting of the teams in the competition; Munster have four wins to their name, including a 41-16 success in their last clash in April 2017.

Ugo Mola’s star-studded side, who have won the competition four times, will bring finesse and speed in the shape of Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Cheslin Kolbe, while the likes of Charlie Faumuina, Jerome Kaino and Cyril Baille bring the power up front.

Toulouse are top of the standing in the Top 14 but did lose 29-16 to Montpellier at home last weekend.

In team news, Munster will be without Peter O'Mahony, who is still recovering from a deep cut to his thigh sustained in the loss to Leinster. 

Finn Wycherley is named on the bench after rehabbing the neck injury he suffered against Scarlets on 12 March.

CJ Stander will captain the side at number 8 on his 50th Champions Cup appearance for the province.

There are three changes to the side that started last weekend and they are all in the pack.

Jack O'Donoghue starts at openside for the injured O’Mahony, and he joins Gavin Coombes and Stander in the back row.

In the front row Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer scrum down on either side of Niall Scannell for Saturday’s encounter.  

Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne continue in the engine room.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Gavin Coombes, Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander (c).

Replacements: Kevin O'Byrne, James Cronin, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Fineen Wycherley, Craig Casey, JJ Hanrahan, Chris Cloete.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
AR1: Seán Gallagher (Ire)
AR2: Chris Busby (Ire)
TMO: Tom Foley (Eng)

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