Published: 12:19 | 22/1/21

Munster and Leinster name strong sides

Both Munster and Leinster have named strong starting line-ups for their crucial PRO14 clash at Thomond Park tomorrow night (EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on eir sport 1 from 6.30pm).

The Munster team show two changes from the side that started against Connacht a fortnight ago with Rhys Marshall and John Ryan named in the front row alongside James Cronin.

Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne are named in the second row, with skipper Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Gavin Coombes in the back row. Stander is set to make his 150th appearance for the province. 

Conor Murray and JJ Hanrahan start at nine and ten, with Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell forming a formidable partnership in midfield.

Mike Haley, who makes his 50th appearance for the province, is named at full-back, with Shane Daly and Keith Earls completing the back three.

Garry Ringrose returns for Leinster for his first game in over a month after recovering from a broken jaw.

He will partner Robbie Henshaw in midfield, with Luke McGrath and skipper Jonathan Sexton at nine and ten respectively.

The back three sees Hugo Keenan continue at full-back, with Jordan Larmour at right wing and Jimmy O'Brien on the left.

Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Andrew Porter are named in the front  row, with Scott Fardy and James Ryan in the engine room.

The visitors' back row sees Rhys Ruddock and Will Connors on the flanks, with Caelan Doris at number eight.

Munster: Mike Haley, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly, JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray, James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne, Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony (C), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Jimmy O’Brien, Johnny Sexton (C), Luke McGrath, Cian Healy, Seán Cronin, Andrew Porter, Scott Fardy, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Will Connors, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rónan Kelleher, Ed Byrne, Tom Clarkson, Ross Molony, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Josh van der Flier.

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