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Irish Provinces name their teams for Guinness PRO14 action

All four Irish Provinces have named their teams for this weekend's Guinness PRO14 action. Munster...



All four Irish Provinces have named their teams for this weekend's Guinness PRO14 action.

Munster have made seven changes to the side that beat Scarlets for Saturday's game against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.

Last week’s match-winner, Ben Healy, starts at 10 this weekend as he joins Craig Casey in the half-backs.

There is a new midfield pairing with Alex McHenry, making his first PRO14 start, named alongside Rory Scannell.

In the back three, Matt Gallagher makes his Munster debut on the left-wing joining Andrew Conway and Mike Haley.

Jeremy Loughman comes into the front row to pack down with Rhys Marshall and John Ryan while Fineen Wycherley joins Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

The back row change sees Tommy O’Donnell included with Jack O’Donoghue making the move to blindside, and CJ Stander captains the side from number 8.

Munster:  Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry, Rory Scannell, Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements:  Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Roman Salanoa, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Dan Goggin.

 

Garry Ringrose will captain Leinster in their game away to Benetton, their first game away from Dublin since February’s trip to The Gnoll.

It’s the same back three that started against Dragons last weekend with Hugo Keenan again selected at full-back, Jordan Larmour on the right-wing and James Lowe on the left.

In the centre, Robbie Henshaw makes his first appearance of the new campaign in the number 12 shirt with captain Ringrose outside him.

Jamison Gibson-Park again starts at scrum-half with Ross Byrne his half-back partner this week.

In the pack Ed Byrne, James Tracy and Michael Bent will line up in the front row with Ryan Baird and James Ryan behind them to complete the tight five.

Caelan Doris, Will Connors and Jack Conan are the back row selected by Cullen for the trip to Treviso.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose (C), Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ed Byrne, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Cian Healy, Tom Clarkson, Ross Molony, Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath, Harry Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien.

 

Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has made two changes to his starting 15 for Saturday’s clash against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade.

Eoghan Masterson comes in for his 93rd Connacht appearance, starting at blindside flanker.

Captain Jarrad Butler moves to number 8 as a result while Conor Oliver retains his place on the opposite flank.

The other changes comes in the backs with Sammy Arnold partnering Bundee Aki at centre and the remainder of the team is the same that impressively saw off Glasgow Warriors last week.

Connacht: John Porch, Peter Sullivan, Sammy Arnold, Bundee Aki, Alex Wootton, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Conor Oliver,Jarrad Butler (C).

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Ultan Dillane, Paul Boyle, Stephen Kerins, Conor Fitzgerald, Tom Daly.

 

Marcus Rea will make his first start for Ulster when they face the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.  

The 23-year-old – who was Player of the Match in his sole previous Ulster appearance as a replacement against Leinster in April 2019 - has been named at openside flanker.

Marcus’s older brother Matty is named alongside him at blindside, with Marcell Coetzee once again packing down at number eight.  

Jack McGrath, Rob Herring and Marty Moore have been given the front row starting berths, and Alan O’Connor has been selected along with captain Iain Henderson in the second row. 

Matt Faddes returns to the starting side on the right-wing and will join Jacob Stockdale at full-back and Rob Lyttle on the left-wing. 

Last week’s midfield duo of Stewart Moore and James Hume has been retained. Ian Madigan comes in to start at fly-half, pairing with John Cooney at scrum-half. 

Ulster: Jacob StockdaleMatt FaddesJames HumeStewart MooreRob LyttleIan MadiganJohn Cooney. Jack McGrathRob HerringMarty MooreAlan O'ConnorIain Henderson (Capt.Matthew ReaMarcus ReaMarcell Coetzee. 

ReplacementsAdam McBurneyEric O'SullivanGareth MilasinovichKieran TreadwellGreg JonesDavid ShanahanLouis LudikSean Reidy. 

 

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