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Munster stick with Holland at out-half as Foley makes five changes for Leinster clash

The sides meet tomorrow evening at the Aviva Stadium.

Munster out-half Johnny Holland.
Munster out-half Johnny Holland.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

JOHNNY HOLLAND WILL make his second start of the season for Munster when they take on Leinster tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium (5.30pm).

It’ll be second versus fourth in the Guinness Pro12 as Anthony Foley’s side — who are seven points behind their inter-provincial rivals — aim to pick up an important away win with just four regular-season games remaining.

Holland started at out-half in last weekend’s 47-0 win against Zebre and the 24-year-old Corkman has retained the number 10 shirt for the trip to Dublin. He’ll be partnered at half-back by Irish international Conor Murray, who returns to the starting line-up at Tomás O’Leary’s expense.

Elsewhere in the backline, Andrew Conway replaces Darren Sweetnam on the wing, Keith Earls moves from the centre to the opposite wing in place of Ronan O’Mahony, while Francis Saili is restored to the midfield.

Up front, James Cronin takes the place of Dave Kilcoyne in the front row, while captain CJ Stander is back in the number 8 shirt instead of Jack O’Donoghue.

The return of Johnny Sexton at out-half is one of nine changes to Leo Cullen’s Leinster side.

Munster (v Leinster)

15. Simon Zebo
14. Andrew Conway
13. Francis Saili
12. Rory Scannell
11. Keith Earls
10. Johnny Holland
9. Conor Murray

1. James Cronin
2. Niall Scannell
3. Stephen Archer
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Billy Holland
6. Dave O’Callaghan
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander (captain)

Replacements:

16. Mike Sherry
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. John Ryan
19. Robin Copeland
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Tomás O’Leary
22. Ian Keatley
23. Darren Sweetnam

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