Munster travel back to the Aviva Stadium for the first time since their heartbreaking Heineken Champions Cup quarterfinal defeat to Toulouse. Munster need a win to remain on course for the playoffs while Leinster are already qualified for the semifinals and are sitting at the top of the United Rugby Championship table. Here's all the information you need to know ahead of the clash, including how to watch Leinster v Munster.
When is Leinster v Munster?
The game kicks off at 7:15pm on Saturday the 21st of May.
How to watch Leinster v Munster?
Live coverage starts on Premier Sports 2 from 7PM.
Leo Cullen's Leinster will be coming into the game as confident as ever ,after booking their place in the Champions Cup final after a 40-17 win over Toulouse last Saturday. Tries from Josh Van Der Flier, Hugo Keenan and a brace from James Lowe sent Leinster into the final where they will face Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle.
Munster haven't played since their penalty shootout defeat to Toulouse a fortnight ago but they have won three of their last four URC games. That defeat came at home to Leinster at the end of April where their rivals came out 34-19 winners.
Leo Cullen has named 15 changes to his starting lineup after last week's win over Toulouse. Ed Byrne captains the team alongside Seán Cronin and Thomas Clarkson in the front row with Joe McCarthy and Josh Murphy at second row.
Ryan Baird returns from injury and will start at flanker, with Scott Penny and Max Deegan making up the pack.
Cormac Foley partners Harry Byrne at half back with Ciaran Frawley and Jamie Osborne in midfield. Jordan Larmour returns from injury and will start at full back with Rob Russell and Rory O'Loughlin occupying the flanks.
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Leinster have confirmed that Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe are ruled out of the game after suffering injuries in the win over Toulouse.
Meanwhile for Munster, they have named four changes to the side from their defeat to Toulouse. Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell and John Ryan are selected in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Thomas Ahern at lock. Fineen Wycherley moves into the back row alongside Alex Kendellen and Jack O'Donoghue.
It's a strong half back pairing of Conor Murray and Joey Carbery selected by Johann Van Graan with Chris Farrell and Dan Goggin at centre. Keith Earls and Andrew Conway partner Mike Haley in the back three.