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Conway & Kearney Reach Milestones As Teams Named for Aviva Derby

Joey Carbery is set for his first return to the Aviva Stadium since leaving Leinster for Munster as both sides name their team for Saturday evening’s interprovincial derby. 

Johann van Graan has made three changes to his side with Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold and Jean Kleyn all named in the starting 15.

Andrew Conway, who is named at full-back is set to make his 100th appearance for the province. He is joined in the backline by Sweetnam and Keith Earls.

Peter O’Mahony captains the side in an unchanged back-row with two-try Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander keeping their places.

Dan Goggin, who scored two tries against Ulster last weekend, is joined in centre by Sammy Arnold.

The half-back pairing is unchanged as Joey Carbery is partnered by Alby Mathewson.

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Front row trio Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer are also retained with Kleyn coming in to partner Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Johnny Sexton is the big name absent from Leinster’s starting team. Ross Byrne is named at outhalf with Jamison Gibson Park at scrum-half.

Jack McGrath will make his first start of the season while Rob Kearney will make his 200th appearance for the club.

Sean O’Brien is also set for his first start and is joined in the back row by Rhys Ruddock, who captains the side and Dan Leavy.

Kick off in the Aviva Stadium is 6pm. The game is heading for a sell out with less than 2,000 tickets available as of last night.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Alby Mathewson; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Leinster: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Rory O’Loughlin, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jaminson Gibson-Park; Jack McGrath, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Sean O’Brien.

 

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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