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Changes for Leinster Ahead of Lyon Trip

Leinster have made some changes to their squad ahead of tomorrow’s Champions Cup round two match against Lyon

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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made a couple of adjustments to his 23-man squad for his side’s trip to the Matmut Stade de Gerland to face Lyon tomorrow at 15 15.

Following last weekend’s 33-19 opening round win over Benetton Cullen has decided to switch things up in the hope of making it two wins from two as the likes of Ireland internationals Rob Kearney, Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw come into the starting line-up. 

For Kearney and Furlong it will be their first appearances this season, while it will be the first time that Henshaw and Garry Ringrose have began as the centre pairing this season. 

To take it from the front, Cian Healy and Ronan Kelleher continue with Furlong coming in to replace Andrew Porter, while behind them Scott Fardy is set for his 50th cap in the blue jersey alongside James Ryan in the second-row. 

Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier are once again at blindside and openside flanker respectively, while Max Deegan set for his first start in Europe as he finishes the pack from No 8. 

Ireland duo Luke McGrath and captain Johnny Sexton are the half-back pairing for the second week running, with Henshaw and Ringrose outside them in the midfield as mentioned above. 

James Lowe takes his position on the left-wing, with Jordan Larmour on the right and Kearney completes the starting XV from full-back. 

On the bench Cullen has plenty of experience to call upon with James Tracy set to make his 100th appearance for the province if used and is joined among the replacements by the likes of Andrew Porter, Devin Toner and Dave Kearney. 

Speaking ahead of the game centre Henshaw noted that Leinster must back-up last weekend’s win with another good performance, but knows it will be tricky in France. 

“Away days in France are always a massive challenge. Just had a glance at Lyon and over the last few weeks we’ve seen they’re a tricky side. They’re top of the French league at the moment. They have great quality individuals. They play good running rugby. We’ll have to be switched on come Saturday,” he said. 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides, with Lyon looking to pick up a first-ever win in Europe’s elite competition having lost all of their seven previous games. 

Leinster will know that despite being favourites they will need another big performance if they are to really push on in this pool with another win as Lyon have started the season very brightly and will be hoping to cause an upset against the four-time winners of the tournament. 

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below.

Starting XV:

15. Rob Kearney (211)

14. Jordan Larmour (40)

13. Garry Ringrose (66)

12. Robbie Henshaw (38)

11. James Lowe (35)

10. Johnny Sexton (161) CAPTAIN

9. Luke McGrath (115)

1. Cian Healy (210)

2. Rónan Kelleher (8)

3. Tadhg Furlong (102)

4. Scott Fardy (49)

5. James Ryan (32)

6. Rhys Ruddock (163)

7. Josh van der Flier (74)

8. Max Deegan (53)

Replacements:

16. James Tracy (99)

17. Ed Byrne (46)

18. Andrew Porter (55)

19. Devin Toner (237)

20. Josh Murphy (26)

21. Jamison Gibson-Park (77)

22. Ross Byrne (77)

23. Dave Kearney (140)

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Ulster make changes for Toulouse

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The Ulster match-day squad has been named for the Second Leg of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 versus Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday evening.

Nick Timoney will make his 100th appearance for the Ulster men, as he is named to start at openside – with Marcus Rea at blindside and Duane Vermeulen at Number Eight. Andrew Warwick comes in to start at loosehead, and will pack down with Rob Herring at hooker and Marty Moore at tighthead. Captain Iain Henderson will partner with Alan O’Connor in the engine room.

Mike Lowry and Rob Baloucoune, who signed new 3-year contract extensions this week, are named at full-back and on the right wing respectively. Ethan McIlroy returns to take the left-wing starting berth. Stuart McCloskey and James Hume will form the midfield partnership, and John Cooney and Billy Burns are retained at scrum-half and out-half.

Brad Roberts, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell and Jordi Murphy will provide forward reinforcements, while Nathan Doak, Luke Marshall and Rob Lyttle will offer back line cover.

Ulster team to play Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 Second Leg, Saturday 16 April at Kingspan Stadium, 8pm kick-off, live on BT Sport, beIN Sports, and Sky Italia:

(15-9) Mike Lowry, Rob Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Marcus Rea, Nick Timoney, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Brad Roberts, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jordi Murphy, Nathan Doak, Luke Marshall, Rob Lyttle.

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Graham Rowntree Confirmed As Next Munster Head Coach

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Munster Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to confirm that Graham Rowntree will be promoted from Forwards Coach to the role of Head Coach from July 1, 2022.

Rowntree will commence the role of Head Coach at the start of the 2022/23 season after signing a two-year deal.

The former England prop made the move to Limerick in October 2019 on completion of his Rugby World Cup coaching duties with Georgia Rugby.

In his third season as Forwards Coach Graham and family have settled well into Limerick life, noting earlier this year, “I have made my thoughts about this club widely known throughout my time so far, and for me and my family it really has been an easy decision, a non-decision if truth be told.

“We’ve put down roots here and have no desire to move anywhere else.”

With an impressive coaching CV and vast experience, Rowntree previously held coaching roles with the British and Irish Lions, England Rugby, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers.

Working closely with the IRFU, the province will advance with next steps in securing the backroom team that will work with Graham from next season as Head Coach Johann van Graan, Senior Coach Stephen Larkham, and Defence Coach JP Ferreira depart the province at the end of June.

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, commented, “I would like to thank the Munster Professional Game Committee for their work and diligence during this process.

“It is important that Munster have someone who understands the unique history and culture of the club and has the experience to maximise the talent in the squad.

“Graham was very impressive throughout this process and demonstrated he has the capabilities to spearhead the next chapter of Munster Rugby.”

On confirmation of the promotion, Graham Rowntree added, “I am hugely honoured to be taking over the role of Head Coach for a club of this calibre, one that means so much to me and my family.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed every moment here and I fortunately get to work with an incredible group of staff and players who share a common goal each day in striving for success for this club.

“I’ve talked about our fantastic supporters before and again at the weekend we stepped off the bus to a huge red welcome in Exeter. Who doesn’t want to be part of that, that’s special!

“I believe we have the established structures in place with the resources and facilities to match and that it will be a smooth transition for the coaching ticket we assemble in ensuring continued development and success for this club.

“Before then I have a role to complete this season and working closely with Johann, Steve, and JP is the immediate focus and priority for now.”

Commenting on the appointment, Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said, “Graham’s extensive coaching experience and knowledge for the game makes him the perfect candidate to lead this squad forward.

“With Graham stepping up at the start of the new season it will be a seamless and natural progression from the work that has been carried out to-date.

“For now, we will continue our focus on the remainder of this season with Graham supporting Johann and the coaching staff in achieving our goals.”

Munster Rugby Home Fixtures

Saturday, April 16

Champions Cup Round of 16: Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Thomond Park, 3pm; Buy tickets here

Friday, April 29

URC: Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

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Ulster name team for Toulouse

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The Ulster match-day squad has been selected for the first leg of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 versus Toulouse at Le Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Moxham will make his first European start for Ulster as he is named on the left wing alongside Mike Lowry at full-back and Robert Baloucoune on the right wing. Stuart McCloskey comes in to start and will partner with James Hume in the centre. Billy Burns and John Cooney return to form the half-back pairing.

The front row sees Eric O’Sullivan and Rob Herring named at loosehead and hooker, with Marty Moore retaining his place at tighthead prop. Alan O’Connor returns to pair up with captain Iain Henderson in the second row. Marcus Rea comes in at blindside flanker, with Nick Timoney and Duane Vermeulen retained at openside and Number Eight respectively.

Brad Roberts, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell and Jordi Murphy provide the forward reinforcements on the bench. Nathan Doak, Luke Marshall and Rob Lyttle will offer the back line options.

Ulster team to play Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 First Leg, Saturday 9 April at Le Stadium, 3.15pm kick-off (UK / IRE time), live on BT Sport, beIN Sports, FR2:

(15-9) Mike Lowry, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Ben Moxham, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Marcus Rea, Nick Timoney, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Brad Roberts, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jordi Murphy, Nathan Doak, Luke Marshall, Rob Lyttle.

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