Munster, Leinster and Connacht have all named their starting fifteens for this weekend’s weekend of Champions and Challenge Cup clashes.
Munster make three changes for this Saturday’s clash against Racing 92 at Thomond Park, with Ian Keatley, Rhys Marshall and in a major boost for the province, Jean Kleyn all coming back into the side in place of Tyler Blyendaal (out with a neck complaint), Niall Scannell (thumb injury) and and Mark Flanagan respectively.
Team | 3 changes for our 160th CCup game – Marshall, Kleyn and Keatley all in. O’Donnell to win 150th caphttps://t.co/fErYonjSsF#MUNvR92 pic.twitter.com/2RMpAHZAlN
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 20, 2017
For Leinster, meanwhile, Johnny Sexton returns to captain the side having recovered from a dead leg as Leo Culen’s side face Glasgow Warriors. He comes in for Isa Nacewa, who has not recovered from an ankle injury. Cian Healy and Sean Cronin join Tadhg Furlong in the front row, Scott Fardy comes into the second row to partner Tadhg Furlong, while Fergus McFadden starts after a substitute appearance last weekend.
To Connacht, who also make a number of changes for their Challenge Cup clash with Worcester. Eoghan Masterson captains a side that features a new-look front row, with Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy coming in. Tiernan O’Halloran also comes back into the side having recovered from injury.
Finally to Ulster, where Andrew Trimble is returning and is set to become the province’s most capped player when they take on La Rochelle on Sunday. Rory Best has also returned to the matchday squad, but is only fit enough for a place on the bench as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Trimble to become Ulster’s most capped player ✅
Diack to make 200th appearance ✅
Best to make season debut ✅ pic.twitter.com/0fvT25p7Lk
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) October 20, 2017