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Earls & Carbery Return For Munster’s PRO14 Showdown With Leinster

Munster have named attacking duo Keith Earls and Joey Carbery in their starting XV for their PRO14 semi-final clash with Leinster in the RDS on Saturday.

Neither player has featured for the province since their Heineken Champions Cup win over Edinburgh at the end of March.

The other changes to the starting line-up sees Arno Botha and John Ryan return to the forwards pack.

Earls is named in the back line alongside Mike Haley and Andrew Conway while Carbery partners Conor Murray in the half-backs.

Joey Carbery Conor Murray Munster

Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell continue their centre partnership while Dave Kilcoyne and Ryan pack down either side of Niall Scannell in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Captain Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Botha are named in the back row.

Replacement Jack O’Donoghue is set to make his 100th Munster appearance off the bench.

Munster last booked their place in the PRO14 final in 2017 when they were beaten by Scarlets in the decider.

Peter O'Mahony Munster

Johann van Graan’s men have met Leinster twice already this season. Leinster emerged with a 30-22 victory at the Aviva Stadium in October with Munster winning 26-17 in a hot-headed contest at Thomond Park in December.

Kick-off in the RDS is 2.30pm and the game is live on eir Sport and Premier Sport.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), CJ Stander, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Dan Goggin.

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