Friday 16 November 2018

Pro14 team news: Sexton back to captain Leinster while Munster ring changes for Ulster clash

Jonathan Sexton, left, and Cian Healy
Jonathan Sexton, left, and Cian Healy

Johnny Sexton will return to captain Leinster for the New Year's Day clash with Connacht in the RDS.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Leo Cullen has picked just two of the starting 15 who beat Munster on St Stephen's Day.

Connacht, meanwhile, have made three changes with Tom McCartney, James Cannon and winger Cian Kelleher all coming into the starting 15.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has also rang the changes with 11 new faces coming in to face Ulster in Kingspan Stadium for the New Year's Day clash. (KO 5.35pm).

Leinster (v Connacht, New Year's Day 3.15. TG4): 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Noel Reid, 11. James Lowe, 10. Johnny Sexton, 9. Luke McGrath, 1. Peter Dooley, 2. Seán Cronin, 3. Andrew Porter, 4. Ross Molony, 5. Ian Nagle, 6. Dan Leavy, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Max Deegan (9)

Replacements: 16. Bryan Byrne, 17. Ed Byrne, 18. Michael Bent, 19. Mick Kearney, 20. Scott Fardy, 21. Nick McCarthy, 22. Cathal Marsh, 23. Rory O’Loughlin

Connacht: (15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Coulson, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Naulia Dawai, Caolin Blade, Eoin Griffin, Niyi Adeolokun.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)


Ulster (v Munster New Year's Day 5.35. BBC2): (15-9): Charles Piutau; Craig Gilroy, Louis Ludik, Stuart McCloskey, Rob Lyttle; Christian Lealiifano, John Cooney;

(1-8): Kyle McCall, Rob Herring (captain), Rodney Ah You, Alan O'Connor, Kieran Treadwell, Greg Jones, Nick Timoney, Jean Deysel;

Replacements (16-23): Adam McBurney, Callum Black, Wiehahn Herbst, Robbie Diack, Matthew Rea, Paul Marshall, Johnny McPhillips, Andrew Trimble.

Munster (v Ulster):  Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Keith Earls, Sammy Arnold, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Darren O’Shea, Billy Holland (c); Tommy O’Donnell, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements:  Kevin O’Byrne, Rory Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Bill Johnston, Ronan O’Mahony.

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