The Munster Rugby Thread 2019/20

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Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets)

15. Hugo Keenan (57)
14. Jordan Larmour (93)
13. Garry Ringrose (117) CO-CAPTAIN
12. Robbie Henshaw (77)
11. Jimmy O’Brien (73)
10. Ross Byrne (150)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (128)
1. Andrew Porter (109)
2. Dan Sheehan (48)
3. Tadhg Furlong (135)
4. Joe McCarthy (21)
5. James Ryan (74) CO-CAPTAIN
6. Jack Conan (133)
7. Josh van der Flier (129)
8. Caelan Doris (69)

Replacements:

16. Rónan Kelleher (48)
17. Jack Boyle (7)
18. Michael Ala’alatoa (50)
19. Ross Molony (166)
20. James Culhane (6)
21. Ben Murphy (6)
22. Ciarán Frawley (72)
23. Scott Penny (61)


Fairly close to full strength for both sides.
Some interesting picks for Munster, Zebo in full back. Scannell in for Nankivell, and Nankivell not even in the 23 is a little odd. Archer starting is interesting, especially up against the Irish first choice front row. Would expect Munster to really struggle there. That said, 4 of the back 5 of the scrum are pretty huge, which will help. Didn't even know Ahern could play 6.

Leinster are looking very, very strong, that's basically a first choice Irish team with a few bench players starting.


I think Munster would be doing well to get a losing bonus point unfortunately.
A losing BP is probably the aim as there are bigger games coming up. P.O.M. probably being rested and Nankivell must have taken a knock or is alos being rested as he has played 5 or 6 games ina row?.

I do hope that Zebo can remember how to play rugby?
 
They are atronger in the front row, centre and full back

We are stronger at half back and wing

Even elsewhere

They have 15 top international standard players starting, we have about 8

It'll be down to how much our lesser lights can step up

We went to Glasgow, Dublin and Cape Town and won last year

This is a tougher test but we can do it
 
They are atronger in the front row, centre and full back

We are stronger at half back and wing

Even elsewhere

They have 15 top international standard players starting, we have about 8

It'll be down to how much our lesser lights can step up

We went to Glasgow, Dublin and Cape Town and won last year

This is a tougher test but we can do it
I'd say they have the edge in the backrow too. I think Munster have the better second row, partly because Ryan is not in form.
 
I'd say they have the edge in the backrow too. I think Munster have the better second row, partly because Ryan is not in form.
Can't argue on back row - with Pete injured they are fielding the Irish Back Row

However, Conan and VDF aren't at the level of 2022 IMO. I dunno if we will play Beirne or Ahern at 6. I've never seen Ahern in the back row. I think we will match them in the back row.

The 2nd row is very hard to call. How good is McCarthy. How fit is Kleyn ?
 
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