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Irish Provinces Name Starting XVs For This Weekend’s European Fixtures

Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht have named their starting fifteens this week for the penultimate round of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool fixtures.

To Munster first, who travel to France to take on Racing 92. Coach Johann van Graan makes four changes to the side that defeat Connacht last weekend, with Peter O’Mahony, Chris Colete, Billy Holland and Stephen Archer all coming back into the side.

Prop James Cronin, meanwhile, could be set for his first Champions Cup involvement of the season having been named on the replacements bench, while all eyes will be on Simon Zebo’s performance after Racing published an interview with the full-back this week ahead of his move to the Top 14 side next season.

To Leinster next, and a European debut for James Lowe in this weekend’s match against Glasgow Warriors. The winger has played in three games so far for Leo Cullen’s side, and this will be his first taste of Champions Cup action in a starting fifteen that Isa Nacewa return to the captaincy.

The man of the hour last week Jordan Larmour, is also given his first Champions Cup start by Cullen. He starts at full-back, while Robbie Henshaw moves to outside centre, with Nacewa partnering him, in the injury absence of Garry Ringrose.

Ulster, meanwhile, include

Elsewhere in the starting XV, Louis Ludik and Craig Gilroy return having missed last weekend’s Pro14 defeat to Leinster, John Cooney comes back in at srcum-half, and Alan O’Cinnor comes back into the second row.

Finally to Connacht, and their Challenge Cup clash with Worcester Warriors as they look to nail down a quarter final spot.

Kieran Keane’s starting fifteen is looking a whole stronger this weekend with the returning Irieland international trio Bundee Aki, Kieran Marmion and Ultan Dillane. Eoghan Masterson also returns to the side, coming into the back row.


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Author: The PA Team

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