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    Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

    15. Jordan Larmour (37)
    14. Dave Kearney (135)
    13. Garry Ringrose (63)
    12. Robbie Henshaw (35)
    11. James Lowe (28)
    10. Ross Byrne (69)
    9. Luke McGrath (111)
    1. Cian Healy (206)
    2. Seán Cronin (171)
    3. Tadhg Furlong (100)
    4. Devin Toner (230)
    5. James Ryan (29)
    6. Rhys Ruddock (159) CAPTAIN
    7. Josh van der Flier (71)
    8. Jack Conan (87)

    16. Bryan Byrne (40)
    17. Ed Byrne (43)
    18. Andrew Porter (51)
    19. Scott Fardy (42)
    20. Max Deegan (44)
    21. Nick McCarthy (34)
    22. Johnny Sexton (158)
    23. Rory O’Loughlin (60)

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      Is Cloete overlooked again? You'd wonder what the future holds for him at Munster if that is the case.

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        Rob Kearney out, Sexton on the bench with Fardy.

        Interesting line up

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          Originally posted by In Joe we trust View Post
          Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

          15. Jordan Larmour (37)
          14. Dave Kearney (135)
          13. Garry Ringrose (63)
          12. Robbie Henshaw (35)
          11. James Lowe (28)
          10. Ross Byrne (69)
          9. Luke McGrath (111)
          1. Cian Healy (206)
          2. Seán Cronin (171)
          3. Tadhg Furlong (100)
          4. Devin Toner (230)
          5. James Ryan (29)
          6. Rhys Ruddock (159) CAPTAIN
          7. Josh van der Flier (71)
          8. Jack Conan (87)

          16. Bryan Byrne (40)
          17. Ed Byrne (43)
          18. Andrew Porter (51)
          19. Scott Fardy (42)
          20. Max Deegan (44)
          21. Nick McCarthy (34)
          22. Johnny Sexton (158)
          23. Rory O’Loughlin (60)
          Nervous now, after loosing last week can’t believe he’s weakened the side for this one. A semi final is not the time to reward players, should be picking our best 23.
          “One, Fineen needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine. Two, whenever Fineen’s not on field, all the other players should be asking 'Where's Fineen?

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            Originally posted by Cowboy View Post


            Of the 12 stats on the deadsite Mike is in the top 3 in half of them, in his first season here and part of a malfunctioning attack.

            It appears to my eyes that the form back 3 involves Andy, Mike and Sweets. Arno is also topping the charts in 4 of the 12 measures.
            I don't think he's a bad player but he has made a few vital mistakes at key times (Scarlets missed try away for eg) and unfortunately he has two international wingers either side of him that we often compare him to. However, I think back to Earls not passing to BOD after a brilliant break in Murrayfield (2012 I think) when he was also 24. He's had his season to bed in and let's hope he improves just like Earls and Conway have since they were 24.

            He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.

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              Great to see Keith & Joey back, and of course Dave Kearney. Surprised Sexton is on the bench?

              Jack O'D will be chomping at the bit to get on the field - this was the fixture he was injured in last season
              "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

              Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

              Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                Who'll play openside, POM or CJ? presumably POM.
                When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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                  Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
                  Great to see Keith & Joey back, and of course Dave Kearney. Surprised Sexton is on the bench?

                  Jack O'D will be chomping at the bit to get on the field - this was the fixture he was injured in last season
                  It's the cross kicking combo with Byrne. Conway and Earls are small so Leinster to win by a million.
                  He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.

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                    Originally posted by rua13 View Post
                    Is Cloete overlooked again? You'd wonder what the future holds for him at Munster if that is the case.
                    It’s about what the team needs. We need a big ball carrier. Cloete offers a lot in other ways and is perfect for other games against different teams, but that’s not we need against Leinster. We need big ball carriers and that’s what Botha brings.
                    The Maul is Back!! LONG LIVE THE MAUL!!

                    Stringer is bigger even than his own immense shadow. Pound for pound, he is the best tackler in the world. If you put him into bag of cats he\'d come out without a scratch. He was hit very late for Murphy\'s try. And when he got up, as we knew he would, the crowd cried his name as if he had just fixed the economy.Billy Keane-After Munster\'s famous loss to the AB\'s.

                    The Bull-Truly irreplaceable, a mountain of a man. 100 caps!!

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                      Originally posted by Joe Konys barmy army View Post
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                      Nervous now, after loosing last week can’t believe he’s weakened the side for this one. A semi final is not the time to reward players, should be picking our best 23.
                      Picked Byrne last year and they still won so nothing to be worried about

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                        Originally posted by In Joe we trust View Post

                        Picked Byrne last year and they still won so nothing to be worried about
                        Absolutely, sure it's almost same team that started against Sarries with Byrne and Dave K included. Munster lucky to even be on the same field as these Colossi/Colosses (?). Plus you've home advantage and we also played like drains against Benetton

                        What could go wrong????
                        "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                        Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                        Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                          Originally posted by Cowboy View Post

                          Voice of reason as usual horse, I will look forward to seeing Haley next season in a refiring attack plan, wont be long before he is capped for Ireland either, they'll tie him down.

                          Just for the face dont fit gang a few stats so far this season from the MR.ie site:

                          Most tries
                          6 Rhys Marshall and Conway
                          5 Earlsy Dan and Sweets
                          4 Mike Haley

                          Meters Gained
                          1028 Mike Haley
                          836 Sweets
                          631 Botha

                          Most Carries
                          180 Botha
                          159 Mike Haley
                          126 CJ

                          Clean Breaks
                          18 Andrew Conway
                          17 Mike Haley and Sweets
                          13 Earlsy

                          Try Assists
                          7 Alby
                          6 Mike Haley and Murr
                          4 Neilly Cronin

                          Most offloads
                          11 Conway
                          10 Mike Haley and Sweets
                          9 Arno Botha

                          Of the 12 stats on the deadsite Mike is in the top 3 in half of them, in his first season here and part of a malfunctioning attack.

                          It appears to my eyes that the form back 3 involves Andy, Mike and Sweets. Arno is also topping the charts in 4 of the 12 measures.
                          I’m not being cynical- I think Haley is our long term FB and am happy with that- but does metres made measure forward metres or all metres running with the ball (ie running across/diagonally)?

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                            Very happy with the decision to field both CJ and Botha.

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                              It's a straight shoot out between Carbery and Byrne to see who should have been condemned to Limerick. The Sexpot asked to be benched 'cos he's hoping to catch Fineen in the jacks when everybody is watching the match.

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                                Originally posted by tippete7trees View Post
                                It's a straight shoot out between Carbery and Byrne to see who should have been condemned to Limerick. The Sexpot asked to be benched 'cos he's hoping to catch Fineen in the jacks when everybody is watching the match.
                                Calm yourself sir.. you\'re going to give yourself skin failure.

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