Irish provinces Munster and Leinster are on a crest of a wave at present, following comprehensive victories over English opposition last weekend. The two, who have won five European Cups between them, are looking to put the disappointment of last season behind them by qualifying for the knockout stages.
Munster shut out Leicester at Thomond Park last week, on a scoreline of 38-0.
Rassie Erasmus has very much taken on the mantra of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ when it comes to selection. He has placed his faith in the same side as they travel to Welford Road this weekend.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) December 16, 2016
Meanwhile, Leinster punished 14-man Northampton last weekend, and will be confident of repeating the trick in front of a major crowd in the Aviva Stadium. The home advantage, paired with the momentum of last week indicates that the Dublin 4 side will be confident of securing a winning bonus point.
Head coach Leo Cullen has to plan without Joey Carbery who is facing a spell on the sidelines.
Ross Byrne makes his first European start at fly-half in the absence of Carbery and Jonathan Sexton.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 16, 2016
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