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A Munster home quarter is up for grabs against Racing


Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus

Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus

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Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus

Munster will have home advantage in the Champions Cup quarter-finals if they can conquer Racing 92 today (5.15pm). The Irish province defeated Glasgow last weekend to clinch top spot in Pool One and a spot in the last eight.

A third victory in 15 days - in their 60th European game at Thomond Park - will see them remain on home soil for the knockout stages.

Rassie Erasmus makes three changes to his starting line-up.

Ronan O'Mahony replaces the injured Keith Earls on the wing, James Cronin starts at loosehead prop and Tommy O'Donnell comes in at openside flanker for Jack O'Donoghue, who drops to the bench.

Munster have conceded just three tries in this season's pool stages and were convincing 32-7 winners in their rearranged game with Racing earlier this month. The Top 14 champions have made wholesale changes for the trip to Limerick with Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and former Munster centre Casey Laulala not included in the matchday squad.

Marc Andreu continues on the wing after his two-try display against Leicester in round five with Benjamin Dambielle partnering captain Maxime Machenaud at half-back.

Simon Zebo will be hoping to continue his outstanding try-scoring record against Racing - Munster's all-time leading try scorer has touched down five times in three games against the Paris club. The first European Cup game at Thomond Park took place against Swansea in 1995, with the province losing just four of those 60 encounters at the Limerick venue.

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