Ian Keatley returns for Munster to face Cardiff Blues
Leinster retain six starters from team that sealed European progression against Quins
Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)
Keatley, fresh from a faultless goal-kicking performance in Ireland’s 26-3 victory over Italy in Rome last weekend, starts at outhalf in a strong back line which includes Keith Earls in the midfield.
Earls’ midfield partner Andrew Conway will captain Anthony Foley’s side, while academy graduate Jack O’Donoghue makes his first Pro 12 start for the province at number eight.
Meanwhile Leinster boss Matt O’Connor has been able to retain six players who started in last month’s European Champions Cup draw away at Wasps for tomorrow’s visit of Newport Gwent Dragons at the RDS.
Fergus McFadden returns to action following a rib injury he picked dup during Ireland Wolfhounds 18-9 defeat to the England Saxons, starting on the wing.
He’s joined in the back three by Dave Kearney, who makes his return following a shoulder injury he sustained in the game against Wasps.
Munster v Cardiff Blues, Saturday February 14th at Musgrave Park - KO: 7:35pm.
Munster: JJ Hanrahan; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley (c), Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Sean Dougall, Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue.
Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet, Richard Smith, Cory Allen, Gavin Evans, Lucas Amorosino, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams; Sam Hobbs, Matthew Rees (c), Adam Jones, Macauley Cook, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Manoa Vosawai
Leinster v Newport Gwent Dragons, Saturday February 14th at the RDS - KO: 3.00pm
Leinster: Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Ben Te’o, Noel Reid, Darragh Fanning, Jimmy Gopperth, Luke McGrath, Michael Bent, Richardt Strauss, Tadhg Furlong, Tom Denton, Kane Douglas, Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings (c), Jack Conan