Peter O'Mahony returns to captain Munster while Leinster rest key players

Reds are fully focused on the Rainbow Cup but their rivals have Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle on the horizon
Peter O'Mahony returns to captain Munster while Leinster rest key players

Cork's Peter O'Mahony returns to captain Munster. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony is back in the Munster line-up to face Leinster on Saturday in the Rainbow Cup.

The Cork man is joined by another Ireland international from Leeside, Shane Daly in the starting 15, while Niall Scannell also starts with Fineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes in reserve.

Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Ben Healy and Calvin Nash are named among the replacements in the Reds' squad for the first game since the loss to Toulouse in the Champions Cup.

Munster veteran Keith Earls is just one try away from equalling Simon Zebo’s record of 60 tries for the province.

Leinster have a more experimental team selected for the game at the RDS, with a host of big names in cold storage ahead of the Champions Cup semi-final against Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle.

Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly at training. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly at training. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

MUNSTER: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Subs: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin Coombes, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Calvin Nash.

LEINSTER: Jordan Larmour; Dave Kearney, Garry Ringrose (c), Rory O’Loughlin, James Lowe; Harry Byrne, Hugh O’Sullivan; Ed Byrne, Dan Sheehan, Andrew Porter; Ross Molony, Ryan Baird; Josh Murphy, Scott Penny, Caelan Doris

Subs:

Seán Cronin, Peter Dooley, Michael Bent, James Ryan, Scott Fardy, Cormac Foley, Ciarán Frawley, Tommy O’Brien.

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