Friday 23 March 2018

Matt O'Connor shuffles his pack for Munster showdown

Jack McGrath
Jack McGrath

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has made three changes to his pack for tomorrow evening's crunch provincial derby against Munster at the Aviva (kick-off 6.30pm).

All of the changes are in the forwards with Jack McGrath and Mike Ross starting for their 65th and 112th Leinster appearance respectively. Sean Cronin will start his fifth Guinness PRO12 match in a row at hooker, the Limerick man facing his former club for whom he made two appearances.

The final change is in the second row with Mike McCarthy coming in to partner Devin Toner. Kane Douglas is named amongst the replacements.

The back row once again contains Rhys Ruddock, who scored a try last week against the Blues, Dominic Ryan and captain Jamie Heaslip.

There are no changes from last Friday's selection in the backs with Man of the Match Gordon D'Arcy again selected at 13, with Ian Madigan inside him.

Rob Kearney starts from full back, while Darragh Fanning and Fergus McFadden continue on the left and right wing respectively.

Eoin Reddan and Jimmy Gopperth start at 9 and 10, with Isaac Boss named on the bench having returned from the injury sustained before the Connacht game.

Leinster: (15-9) R Kearney, F McFadden, G D'Arcy, I Madigan, D Fanning, J Gopperth, E Reddan; (1-8) J McGrath, S Cronin, Mike Ross, D Toner, M McCarthy, R Ruddock, D Ryan, J Heaslip.

Replacements: (16-23) B Byrne, M Bent, T Furlong, K Douglas, J Conan, I Boss, S Crosbie, M McGrath.

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