Friday 18 October 2019

Returning trio and PRO14 form put Munster in strong position

General rugby
General rugby

Munster arrive in Dublin tomorrow in a strong run of form in the PRO14, despite only just overcoming Benetton in the quarter-final a fortnight ago.

The southern province will be overjoyed to be welcoming Keith Earls, Joey Carbery and Rhys Marshall back to full training this week ahead of the semi-final.

They also come in to the game in a good run of form. Like Leinster, their European dream was ended by Saracens, in their case at the semi-final stage.

In the PRO14, they have won 10 of their last 11 games, only losing to Scarlets.

That run started with their December win over Leinster at Thomond Park.

Leinster will have the confidence of having beaten Munster on their last trip to Dublin, a 30-22 win at Aviva Stadium in October.

Munster head coach Johann Van Graan has had some coaching worries to contemplate this week but full focus will be on the RDS.

"We want to win a trophy and in order to win a trophy, we have to beat Leinster in the RDS," says Van Graan.

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