Munster & Leinster name teams for URC semi-final showdowns

Final four.

Munster Rugby and Leinster Rugby have named their teams for this weekend’s URC semi-final showdowns against Glasgow Warriors and the Vodacom Bulls respectively.

Munster have been boosted by the return of Alex Nankivell who returns for the first time since the win over Connacht in Round 17, having recovered from an ankle injury.

The southern province, however, will be without Ireland international Calvin Nash (leg knock), with Simon Zebo taking his spot on the wing and Mike Haley coming in at fullback. RG Snyman is demoted to the bench.

Munster: Mike Haley, Shane Daly, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Simon Zebo, Jack Crowley, Craig Casey, Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne (CAPT), Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Jack O’Donoghue

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan, Oli Jager, RG Snyman, Gavin Coombes, Conor Murray, Sean O’Brien, Alex Kendellen

Leinster, meanwhile, have been also handed a boost in midfield, with Garry Ringrose returning after an extended absence.

They’ve gone as strong as possible once again as they face the difficult task of taking on the Bulls at altitude in Loftus, with Munster the only team to come away with a win there this season.

Leinster: Jimmy O’Brien, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, James Ryan (CAPT), Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris

Replacements: Rónan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Michael Ala’alatoa, Ross Molony, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Ciarán Frawley, Jamie Osborne

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