Published: 14:33 | 3/9/20

Leinster and Munster teams named

Both Leinster and Munster have named their teams for this Friday's PRO14 semi-final clash at the Aviva (EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on eir sport 1 from 6.30pm).

Both provinces have made several changes from last weekend as Leinster overcame Ulster and Munster beat Conancht in the final round of conference games.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has restored a number of big name players to his starting XV from the team that featured in the 28-10 victory over Ulster last weekend.

Captain Jonathan Sexton returns at out-half along with Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose in the centre. James Lowe is named on the left wing with Jordan Larmour at full-back. 

Hugo Keenan is the only survivor in the back line from last week at right wing, while Luke McGrath starts at scrum-half.

Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher and Andrew Porter make up the front row with Devin Toner and Scott Fardy named at four and five.

The back row sees Caelan Doris at blindside, Jack Conan at number eight and Will Connors at openside where he gets the nod ahead of Josh van der Flier who must settle for a place on the bench.

Munster have made three changes to the side which hammered 13-man Connacht 49-12 on Sunday to seal their place in the last four.

Stephen Archer, Billy Holland and Jack O'Donoghue are restored to the pack in place of John Ryan, Fineen Wycherly and Chris Cloete who all drop to the bench.

After two promising performances since the resumption, the backline is unchanged for the third weekend in succession.

Leinster: Jordan Larmour, Hugo Keenan, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Jonathan Sexton (c), Luke McGrath, Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Scott Fardy, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Ed Byrne, Michael Bent, Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Rory O'Loughlin. 

Munster: Shane Daly, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls, JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray, Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland, Peter O'Mahony (c), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Chris Cloete, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Mike Haley.

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