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Leinster And Munster Name Starting XVs For Pro14 Showdown

Guinness PRO14, Thomond Park, Limerick 26/12/2017 Munster vs Leinster Leinster's Jordan Larmour with Ian Keatley of Munster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster and Munster have named their starting fifteens for this weekend’s Pro14 semi-final at the RDS.

To the visitors first, and just one change for Johann van Graan’s side to the starting lineup that defeated Edinburgh in the semi-final qualifier. John Ryan comes in at tighthead prop at the expense of Stephen Archer.

The squad has been further bolstered by the return from injury of Niall Scannell, who is fit enough to take his place on the replacements’ bench.

Newly-crowned European champions Leinster, meanwhile, make a few changes from the side that defeated Racing in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao last weekend. In all, just eight players retain their places from that hard-fought win at the San Mames Stadium.

Joey Carberry starts at full-back, with Jordan Larmour and the returning James Lowe, absent from the entire squad last week due to overseas player restrictions, starting on thew wings.

Isa Nacewa switches position to partner Garry Ringrose in the centre, with Ross Byrne replacing Johnny Sexton at outhalf. Jack McGrath comes in for Cian Healy at prop while Rhys Ruddock and Jordi Murphy are named as flankers, with Jack Conan operating at number eight.

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