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Leinster make 10 changes for Stephen's Day derby against Munster

Thomond Park clash is a sell-out.

Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

LEINSTER HAVE MADE 10 changes for their St Stephen’s Day showdown against Munster in Thomond Park [5.30pm, TG4 & Sky Sports].

With one eye on a second festive derby against Ulster on New Year’s Eve, Leo Cullen has rotated his squad, changing all but one of his pack.

Tadhg Furlong is the only forward to retain his place following the win against Northampton, and he’s joined in an all-international front row by Cian Healy and James Tracy.

Ross Molony and Mike McCarthy come in to the second row with Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan in the back row.

UCD wing Barry Daly, Rory O’Loughlin, and Jamison Gibson-Park are all handed starts in the backs.

Leinster

15. Zane Kirchner
14. Isa Nacewa (captain)
13. Rory O’Loughlin
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Barry Daly
10. Ross Byrne
9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Cian Healy
2. James Tracy
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Ross Molony
5. Mike McCarthy
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Dan Leavy
8. Jack Conan

Replacements:

16. Richardt Strauss
17. Peter Dooley
18. Michael Bent
19. Ian Nagle
20. Dominic Ryan
21. Charlie Rock
22. Noel Reid
23. Tom Daly

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