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Who would feature in a Munster v Leinster soccer match?

With the two teams set to meet today in rugby, we imagine an equivalent fixture in football.

LEINSTER’S UPCOMING CLASH with Munster in the Pro12 later today got us thinking: what if the two sides had equivalent teams in football?

Once, Leinster and in particular Dublin was considered the main soccer stronghold in the country. However, over the years, the game has undoubtedly expanded considerably in Munster (and indeed Connacht and Ulster too), as highlighted by the fact that it would currently be possible to field a decent team from players born in the province.

So check out the sides below, while keeping in mind the added imaginary caveat that the teams can’t sign foreign players (unlike in rugby), and let us know who you would choose in a Leinster and Munster best XI.

Leinster

Darren Randolph (Wicklow)

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Joey O’Brien (Dublin)

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Paul McShane (Wicklow)

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Richard Dunne (Dublin)

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Glenn Whelan (Dublin)

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Jeff Hendrick (Dublin)

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Robbie Brady (Dublin)

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Andy Reid (Dublin)

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Wes Hoolahan (Dublin)

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Robbie Keane (Dublin)

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Kevin Doyle (Wexford)

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Subs: Stephen Henderson (Dublin), Stephen Ward (Dublin), Matt Doherty (Dublin), Stephen Quinn (Dublin), Damien Duff (Dublin), Stephen Hunt (Laois), Anthony Stokes (Dublin).

Munster

Brian Murphy (Waterford)

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Brian Lenihan (Cork)

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Damien Delaney (Cork)

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John O’Shea (Waterford)

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Eoghan O’Connell (Cork)

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David Meyler (Cork)

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Stephen Ireland (Cork)

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Liam Miller (Cork)

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Daryl Murphy (Waterford)

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Shane Long (Tipperary)

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Noel Hunt (Waterford)

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Subs: Colin Doyle (Cork), Kevin Long (Cork), John Egan (Cork), Alan Browne (Cork), Kenny McEvoy (Waterford), Colin Healy (Cork), Mark O’Sullivan (Cork).

Formations

Leinster XI

Randolph

McShane Dunne O’Brien

Brady Hoolahan Hendrick Whelan Reid

Keane Doyle

Munster XI

Murphy

Lenihan Delaney O’Shea O’Connell

Miller Meyler Ireland

Long Hunt Murphy

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