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Published: 12:36 | 7/10/16

O'Mahony starts, Leinster ring the changes


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has rung the changes to his starting XV for Saturday's inter-provincial clash with Munster.

In total there are 11 changes to the side that defeated Cardiff Blues with a number of internationals returning to the Leinster fold.

Robbie Henshaw makes his first start for the province after he was named in the centre alongside Garry Ringrose, while Rob Kearney returns from a knee injury to start at full-back. Rory O'Loughlin is named on the right wing with captain Isa Nacewa starting on the left.

Johnny Sexton is retained at half-back with Luke McGrath joining him at scrum-half.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong all get the nod in the front row as Devin Toner is joined by Ian Nagle in the second row.

In the back row Rhys Ruddock starts at blindside flanker with Jordi Murphy at openside. Jamie Heaslip completes the pack.

Leinster (XV v Munster): R Kearney; R O'Loughlin, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, I Nacewa; J Sexton, L McGrath; C Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, I Nagle, R Ruddock, J Murphy, J Heaslip.

Replacements: J Tracy, J McGrath, M Ross, R Molony, D Leavy, J Gibson-Park, J Carbery, N Reid.

Peter O'Mahony makes a welcome return to the Munster starting XV for the Aviva Stadium clash.

O'Mahony made his return to the matchday squad last weekend and he has now been drafted into the starting line-up in one of three changes to the pack.

He takes his place in the back row alongside Tommy O'Donnell and CJ Stander, while Niall Scannell and John Ryan take their place in the front row with Dave Kilcoyne. Donnacha Ryan moves into the second row where he will lock down with Billy Holland.

Rory Scannell has recovered from a neck injury and starts in the centre alongside Keith Earls with Ronan O'Mahony starting on the wing in a back three that also features Simon Zebo and Darren Sweetnam.

Tyler Bleyendaal and Conor Murray team up in the half-back line.

Munster (XV v Leinster): S Zebo; D Sweetnam, K Earls, R Scannell, R O'Mahony; T Bleyendaal, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, J Ryan, D Ryan, B Holland, P O'Mahony, T O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: D Casey, J Cronin, S Archer, R Copeland, J O'Donoghue, D Williams, I Keatley, J Taute.

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