Will Connors starts as Leinster and Munster name their XVs
Mike Haley is back in the Munster squad but there’s no return for Furlong, Leavy or Ryan
Leinster’s Will Connors in action against Ulster last weekend. Photograph: Inpho
Jordan Larmour is back in the number 15 jersey with Hugo Keenan on the right wing and James Lowe on the left wing. Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose will form the centre partnership with Luke McGrath partnering Sexton in the halfbacks.
There are three changes to the Munster side that defeated Connacht last week with Stephen Archer, Billy Holland and Jack O’Donoghue coming into the pack. The backline is unchanged for the third weekend in succession.
Shane Daly starts at fullback with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on either flank. Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell pair up in the centres for the third time, and JJ Hanrahan is partnered by Conor Murray in the halfbacks.
Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Archer pack down in the frontrow. Last week’s man of the match Tadhg Beirne and Holland are in the engine room with captain Peter O’Mahony, O’Donoghue and CJ Stander completing the starting XV.
Mike Haley has recently recovered from a calf injury and is in line for his first appearance since the return to rugby.
LEINSTER: Jordan Larmour; Hugo Keenan, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (Capt), Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Andrew Porter; Devin Toner, Scott Fardy; Caelan Doris, Will Connors, Jack Conan.
MUNSTER: Shane Daly; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (Capt), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)