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Munster and Leinster name teams for Festive PRO14 Derby

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

13:20 27 Dec 2019

Munster and Leinster have named their teams for Saturday evening's Guinness PRO14 inter-provincial derby at Thomond Park.

Billy Holland is set to captain Munster with seven changes to the team that defeated Connacht at the Sportsground last week.

Mike Haley, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Nick McCarthy, Fineen Wycherley, Tommy O’Donnell and Jack O’Donoghue all start with Joey Carbery set to make his first appearance of the season in a red shirt off the bench.

There are three Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players named among the replacements – Diarmuid Barron, Keynan Knox and Jack O’Sullivan.

Haley starts at full-back with Dan Goggin and Shane Daly named on either flank. Goggin, who has previously played on the wing as a replacement, starts as a winger for the province for the first time.

Scannell and Arnold pair up in the centres with McCarthy and JJ Hanrahan, Man of the Match last week, in the half-backs.

Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer pack down in an unchanged front row.

Wycherley and Holland start in the engine room with O’Donnell, Chris Cloete and O’Donoghue completing the side.

 

Munster team in full to face Leinster: Mike Haley; Dan Goggin, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Tommy O’Donnell, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Sullivan, Neil Cronin, Joey Carbery, Calvin Nash.

Leo Cullen then has made a number of changes to his side that beat Ulster last weekend.

Hugo Keenan starts at full-back with Adam Byrne on the right-wing and James Lowe selected on the left.

In the centre Conor O’Brien starts in the number 12 jersey with Jimmy O’Brien outside him.

Jamison Gibson-Park is joined by Ross Byrne in the half-backs with Byrne returning after recovering from a dead leg.

In the pack, Ed Byrne, James Tracy and Andrew Porter start in the front row with Devin Toner behind them in the second, alongside captain Scott Fardy.

In the back row, Josh Murphy is selected at blindside, with Will Connors at openside and Caelan Doris at number eight.

Leinster team in full to face Munster: Hugo Keenan, Adam Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien, Conor O’Brien, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ed Byrne

Replacements: James Tracy, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Scott Fardy, Josh Murphy, Will Connors, Caelan Doris.

Kick-off at Thomond Park is at 6pm Saturday 28th December.

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