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Leinster and Munster name teams for URC showdown in Aviva

By Ian Cameron
Craig Casey of Munster, centre, celebrates his side's victory at the final whistle, as Leinster players react to defeat, after the United Rugby Championship Semi-Final match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Leinster and Munster have both named their teams for their mouth-watering URC showdown this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


Barring a pre-season game, it’s the first time that the two sides will meet since Munster dumped Leinster out of running for last season’s URC in a hotly contested semi-final.

Leo Cullen has named pretty much an Ireland XV for the clash, while Munster have made six changes to the side that beat Stormers last weekend.

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Robbie Henshaw and Jack Conan are set for their first appearances of the season for Leinster, while Tadhg Furlong is set for this first start of the campaign.

Simon Zebo makes his first appearance of the season for the Munster and his first start at full-back for the men in red since 2018.

Leinster had dominated the fixture over the last five years, but last year’s URC semi-final defeat has breathed new life into the competitiveness of the rivalry.

15. Hugo Keenan
14. Jordan Larmour
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Jimmy O’Brien
10. Ross Byrne
9. Jamison Gibson-Park
1. Andrew Porter
2. Dan Sheehan
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Joe McCarthy
5. James Ryan (C)
6. Jack Conan
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Caelan Doris


REPLACEMENTS: 16. Rónan Kelleher, 17. Jack Boyle, 18. Michael Ala’alatoa, 19. Ross Molony, 20. James Culhane, 21. Ben Murphy, 22. Ciarán Frawley, 23. Scott Penny

15. Simon Zebo
14. Calvin Nash
13. Antoine Frisch
12. Rory Scannell
11. Shane Daly
10. Jack Crowley
9. Craig Casey
1. Jeremy Loughman
2. Diarmuid Barron (C)
3. Stephen Archer
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Tadhg Beirne
6. Tom Ahern
7. John Hodnett
8. Gavin Coombes

REPLACEMENTS: 16. Scott Buckley, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. John Ryan, 19. Brian Gleeson, 20. Alex Kendellen, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Tony Butler, 23. Shay McCarthy.


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Mzilikazi 7 hours ago
Swashbuckling Hurricanes and Harlequins show scrum still matters

I always enjoy a good scrum based article. Thanks, Nick. The Hurricanes are looking more and more the team to beat down here in Australasia. They are a very well balanced team. And though there are far fewer scrums in the game these days, destructive power in that area is a serious weapon, especially an attacking scrum within in the red zone. Aumua looked very good as a young first year player, but then seemed to fade. He sure is back now right in the picture for the AB’s. And I would judge that Taukei’aho is in a bit of a slump currently. Watching him at Suncorp a few weeks ago, I thought he was not as dominant in the game as I would have expected. I am going to raise an issue in that scrum at around the 13 min mark. I see a high level of danger there for the TH lifted off the ground. He is trapped between the opposition LH and his own powerful SR. His neck is being put under potentially dangerous pressure. The LH has, in law , no right to use his superior scrummaging skill….getting his head right in on the breastbone of the TH… force him up and off the ground. Had the TH popped out of the scrum, head up and free, there is no danger, that is a clear penalty to the dominant scrum. The law is quite clear on this issue: Law 37 Dangerous play and restricted practices in a scrum. C:Intentionally lifting an opponent off their feet or forcing them upwards out of the scrum. Sanction: Penalty. Few ,if any, referees seem to be aware of this law, and/or the dangers of the situation. Matthew Carly, refereeing Clermont v Munster in 2021, penalised the Munster scrum, when LH Wycherly was lifted very high, and in my view very dangerously, by TH Slimani. Lifting was coached in the late ‘60’s/70’s. Both Lions props, Ray McLouglin, and “Mighty Mouse” McLauchlan, were expert and highly successful at this technique. I have seen a photo, which I can’t find online atm, of MM with a NZ TH(not an AB) on his head, MM standing upright as the scrum disintegrates.

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