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Pro12 teams: Six Leinster changes
28 Nov 2014 23:11
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has made six changes in total from the team that started against Treviso last weekend ahead of the visit of the Opsreys to the RDS on Saturday.
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It is an even split with three changes in the backs and three in the pack, but significantly Fergus McFadden makes a welcome return having injured his ankle in the PRO12 game against Munster on 4 October. He lines out at outside centre.
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Inside him is Ian Madigan, who had an impressive November Series with Ireland and is only three points short of 600 points for Leinster in what will be his 116th appearance since his debut in May 2009.
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There is a change in the half-backs with scrum-half Eoin Reddan coming in as captain and Jimmy Gopperth named at ten.
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Elsewhere, it is as you were with Zane Kirchner, Darragh Fanning and Dave Kearney in the back three.
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Leinster team to play Ospreys: Zane Kirchner, Darragh Fanning, Fergus McFadden, Ian Madigan, Dave Kearney, Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan, Michael Bent, Bryan Byrne, Tadhg Furlong, Mike McCarthy, Kane Douglas, Dominic Ryan, Jordi Murphy, Jack Conan
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Replacements: James Tracy, Peter Dooley, Jamie Hagan, Tom Denton, Rhys Ruddock, Isaac Boss, Noel Reid, Gordon D'Arcy
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Bolstered by the return of Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You, Connacht coach Pat Lam has named a strong side for the clash with Scarlets on Saturday.
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Robbie Henshaw is a late withdrawal having failed to fully recover from a minor hip flexor injury picked up in last week's Ireland victory against Australia.
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Having played in every game this season, last week's tryscorer Jack Carty has been handed the reins at out-half.
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Along with Ah You coming in, there are three more changes to the forwards pack. Hooker Tom McCartney has been named for his first start in the absence of the injured Jason Harris-Wright.
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The Galway-born duo of Andrew Browne and Eoin McKeon have also been promoted from the bench for tomorrow night's clash at the Sportsground.
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Commenting on the team selection and the upcoming game, Lam said: "It's great to bring back the experience of Kieran and Rodney for what is undoubtedly a big game for us.
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"It's unfortunate that Robbie wasn't fully ready to come back in, but it's important that he is given the time to recover ahead of a very busy and crucial block of game for us."
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Connacht team to plays Scarlets: Mils Muliaina, Danie Poolman, Bundee Aki, Dave McSharry, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Rodney Ah You, Quinn Roux, Andrew Browne, John Muldoon, Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu
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Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ronan Loughney, Finlay Bealham, Mick Kearney, Willie Faloon, John Cooney, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader
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Rory Best will start for Ulster against Munster in Friday's inter-provincial match at Thomond Park (1935, Live commentary on 2fm's Game On).
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The international hooker’s inclusion is one of four changes to the side that beat Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium last Friday night.
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In the only change to the back line, Ian Humphreys starts at out-half in place of the injured Paddy Jackson.
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Stuart Olding remains at full-back, with Louis Ludik on the right wing and Craig Gilroy on the left. Stuart McCloskey and Darren Cave continue their partnership in midfield with Paul Marshall starting at scrum-half.
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Callum Black and Wiehahn Herbst start either side of Best in the front row, with Alan O’Connor coming into the second row alongside Franco van der Merwe.
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In the back row, Nick Williams is named at number eight, with Roger Wilson switching across the back row to blindside flanker. Sean Reidy continues at openside.
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Ulster team to play Munster: S Olding; L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey C Gilroy, I Humphreys, P Marshall: C Black, R Best (Capt), W Herbst, A O’Connor, F vd Merwe, R Wilson, S Reidy, N Williams;
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Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, D Fitzpatrick, L Stevenson, R Diack, M Heaney, M Allen, P Nelson.
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Bolstered by a number of returning internationals, Anthony Foley has named a strong matchday squad to face Ulster. Five personnel changes are made to the starting line-up that earned a bonus-point victory last weekend against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, with centre Pat Howard set to make his first start for the province. One change in the front row sees BJ Botha promoted from the bench to start at tighthead alongside hooker Duncan Casey and loosehead John Ryan. Donncha O'Callaghan will once again captain the side and partner Billy Holland in the second row. In the back row, Robin Copeland moves to number six with Paddy Butler switching to openside, while CJ Stander comes back into the starting line up at number eight. Duncan Williams is another returning to the starting 15 at scrum-half alongside Ian Keatley in the half-backs. Having made his debut from the bench last weekend, centre Pat Howard will make his first start for as he lines up outside Denis Hurley in the midfield.
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Munste team to play Ulster : JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Duncan Casey, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan - capt, Billy Holland; Robin Copeland, Paddy Butler, CJ Stander Replacements: Kevin O'Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Tommy O'Donnell, Sean Dougall, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Felix Jones
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