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Sexton on the bench as Van der Flier returns for Leinster v Munster

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien will not be involved against Munster.

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen has made four changes, including at out-half, from his Champions Cup final side as his charges go into battle again in tomorrow’s Pro14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS (kick-off 14.30 eir Sport).

Johnny Sexton dejected after the game Sexton during last week's loss to Saracens.

Jonathan Sexton is among the replacements for the eastern province with Ross Byrne starting at number 10. Scott Fardy also drops to the bench as Rhys Ruddock comes in to captain the side from the back row.

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are not among the 23, meaning the Tullow Tank has already played his final game on home turf for Leinster.

Dave Kearney replaces his brother in the back three with Jordan Larmour shifting to fullback while O’Brien’s 7 shirt will be filled by Josh van der Flier on another early return from injury.

Sean O'Brien Sean O'Brien has played his final match for Leinster at the RDS. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Last year’s double winners were dethroned as European champions in a bruising affair with Saracens and a well-rested Munster side will hope to double the pain in tomorrow’s hotly-anticipated inter-pro. 

Nick McCarthy will hope to feature against his future employers off the bench where he takes a place alongside Ed Byrne and Andrew Porter who also missed out on last week’s matchday squad.

Leinster (Pro14 semi-final v Munster)

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Dave Kearney
13. Garry Ringrose 
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. James Lowe
10. Ross Byrne
9. Luke McGrath 

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1. Cian Healy 
2. Seán Cronin 
3. Tadhg Furlong 
4. Devin Toner 
5. James Ryan 
6. Rhys Ruddock (captain) 
7.  Josh van der Flier
8.  Jack Conan 

Replacements

16. Bryan Byrne
17. Ed Byrne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Scott Fardy
20. Max Deegan 
21. Nick McCarthy
22. Johnny Sexton
23. Rory O’Loughlin 

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