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Munster Release Statement On Gerbrandt Grobler And Name Team For Zebre

Munster have just named their side to take on Zebre in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash at Thomond Park. 

Duncan Williams starts for the southern province and in doing so will make his 150th appearance, joining a prestigious list of players in reaching the significant milestone. In all there are 12 changes to the team which best Castres in the Champions Cup last time out.

Here is the team in full:

Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Brian Scott; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Oliver, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Gerbrandt Grobler, Dave O’Callaghan, John Poland, Ian Keatley, Rory Scannell.

Gerbrandt Grobler, subject to much media attention in recent weeks due to his doping history, is in line to make his first appearance for the province as he is named on the substitute bench.

As a result, Munster have released a statement regarding the South African’s likely debut.

In relation to Gerbrandt Grobler’s selection for the province, Munster Rugby and the IRFU wish to reiterate that Gerbrandt, as a member of the Munster squad and living by our values, will continue to be considered for selection during his time with the province, once deemed fit.

While some hold the view that rugby should provide no road-back for those that have taken a banned substance in the past, it would not be within the spirit and values of rugby to turn its back on every person that ever made a bad decision, having made restitution.

Irish Rugby is recognised as operating one of the most stringent testing environments of any rugby nation with a zero tolerance approach to doping in the sport.  The province and Irish Rugby are fully supportive of all WADA and World Rugby anti-doping policies.

Gerbrandt Grobler served a two-year ban from rugby and returned to play for Racing 92 in November 2016 as per the process set out by World Rugby.

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