Munster Rugby scrum-half Conor Murray will make his first start of the season on Friday night against Edinburgh Rugby – nine days ahead of the Irish province’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 3 game against Castres Olympique at Thomond Park. 

The Ireland half-back made his seasonal comeback for Munster in their Guinness PRO14 bonus-point win over Zebre Rugby Club last week, coming off the bench in the second half, after a neck injury ruled him out of their opening two Heineken Champions Cup matches. 

The 29-year-old has made 46 European Cup appearances so far, scoring nine tries, including two in Munster’s run to the 2017/18 Champions Cup semi-finals, when they were beaten 27-22 by Racing 92 in Bordeaux. 

He forms a half-back partnership with fly-half JJ Hanrahan, who is one of 11 changes made by head coach Johann van Graan, with the likes of flanker Peter O’Mahony, lock Tadhg Beirne and wing Andrew Conway all returning after representing Ireland during the autumn internationals. 

Conway scored the fifth try in Munster’s 36-22 Round 2 victory over Gloucester Rugby, helping the Irish province top Pool 2 after two matches with seven points, following a 10-10 draw at Exeter Chiefs on the opening Heineken Champions Cup weekend. 

Centre Chris Farrell – who scored a try against eventual finalists Racing 92 last season – also makes his first start of the season after a knee injury kept him out of the first two rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.