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Here's Johnny! Sexton back to face Munster in Aviva showdown

Wholesale changes for Leo Cullen ahead of Saturday evening’s Pro12 derby.

Sexton: last Pro12 game was against Ospreys in January.
Sexton: last Pro12 game was against Ospreys in January.
Image: Gary Carr/INPHO

JOHNNY SEXTON AND Jamie Heaslip both return to the Leinster starting XV for tomorrow’s Pro12 derby against Munster.

Leo Cullen makes a total of nine changes for the latest installment of the provincial rivalry, which kicks off in the Aviva Stadium at 5.30pm.

Sexton — making his first league appearance since January — is joined in the half-backs by Eoin Reddan.

Zane Kirchner and Dave Kearney come into the back three alongside Isa Nacewa, with Cullen opting to stick with the midfield partnership of Ben Te’o and Garry Ringrose.

In the pack, Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin return to the front row while Tadhg Furlong is preferred to Mike Ross and remains at tighthead.

Devin Toner joins Hayden Triggs in the second row, while Jordi Murphy gets the nod over Josh van der Flier at openside and lines up alongside Rhys Ruddock and the returning Heaslip.

Meanwhile, Anthony Foley has made five changes to the Munster side which you can see in full here.

Over 40,000 tickets have already been sold, with the remainder available to buy online or from the ticket office in the Ballsbridge Hotel.


15. Zane Kirchner
14. Isa Nacewa (c)
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Ben Te’o
11. Dave Kearney
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Eoin Reddan

1. Jack McGrath
2. Sean Cronin
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. Hayden Triggs
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Jamie Heaslip


16. Richardt Strauss
17. Cian Healy
18. Mike Ross
19. Ross Molony
20. Josh van der Flier
21. Luke McGrath
22. Ian Madigan
23. Fergus McFadden

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

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