Leinster and Munster stars align for Inter-pro derby

Tom Harle
05 October 2018

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Munster and Leinster stars with over 550 international caps are set to align for Round 6’s fiercely contested inter-pro derby.

When the two sides enter the fray in front of a sold-out Aviva Stadium on Saturday, there will be a panoply of elite-level experience on show in the shape of 36 capped international players.

Conference B leaders Leinster, seeking a fifth win from six this season, beat Connacht in their first inter-pro outing and boast a staggering 21 internationals in their 23-man unit.

They have 337 starting XV caps between them and 522 matchday 23 caps with back-rowers Rhys Ruddock and Seán O’Brien having both captained Ireland at senior level.

Devin Toner (60), Jack McGrath (50) and Rob Kearney (86) have all brought up a half-century of appearances for Ireland in the white heat of Test rugby.

The home side’s bench is equally well-stocked with experienced campaigners, with front-row duo Seán Cronin and Cian Healy holding 62 and 81 caps respectively.

Munster beat Ulster 64-7 in Round 5 and have all the tools to turn the tide having won just one of the last seven fixtures between the two sides.

Among their 15 internationals are a combined 219 starting XV caps and 226 matchday 23 caps.

Former Ireland skippers CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony will lead the charge, with 70-cap winger Keith Earls providing the experience in the backline.

Fly-half Joey Carbery crossed the divide from Dublin to Limerick in the off-season and starts at half-back in the capital alongside former All Black Alby Mathewson.

It’s all set to be a must-not-miss encounter, which you can catch live on Eir Sport and Premier Sports from 6pm tomorrow.

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