Joey Carbery has been ruled out of Munster’s big Heineken Champions Cup fixture with Castres Olympique at Thomond Park this Sunday lunchtime, 1pm.
Munster confirmed that Ireland international Carbery would miss the game just a short few hours before kick-off due to a ‘tight hamstring’.
Carbey had been due to team up with Ireland international scrum-half Conor Murray to form the Munster half-back partnership for the first time this season.
With Carbery ruled out, JJ Hanrahan will start the game at out-half for Munster. New Zealander Tyler Bleyendaal comes onto the replacements’ bench for Munster.
Sunday’s game which is live on BT Sport is the first of two meetings between Munster and French champions Castres in six days. Munster take on Castres in France on Saturday evening next at 5.30pm Irish time.