12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Will Leinster paint the capital city blue on Friday night or will memories of "Black Sunday" come back to haunt them against their old foes Munster?
MAGNERS LEAGUE: Friday, October 6
LEINSTER v MUNSTER, Lansdowne Road, 7.30pm (live Setanta Sports)
**IrishRugby.ie will be running a live match tracker from Lansdowne Road**
Team News: Ireland internationals Malcolm O'Kelly and Gordon D'Arcy have both earned recalls to the Leinster starting line-up for Friday's mouth-watering clash with Munster.
Luke Fitzgerald and Owen Finegan drop to a strong-looking replacements bench, which also includes the fit again Cameron Jowitt and Brian Blaney.
In the Munster side, hooker Frankie Sheahan has slotted back in, replacing temporary signing Andy Kyriacou. With both Shaun Payne and Anthony Horgan out injured, Jeremy Manning and Tomas O'Leary step in at full-back and on the left wing respectively.
Included amongst the replacements for the first time this season as back row Denis Leamy and centre Barry Murphy.
Leinster: Girvan Dempsey; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie; Felipe Contepomi, Chris Whitaker; Ronan McCormack, Harry Vermaas, Will Green, Trevor Hogan, Malcolm O'Kelly, Stephen Keogh, Keith Gleeson, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: Reggie Corrigan, Brian Blaney, Owen Finegan, Cameron Jowitt, Guy Easterby, Christian Warner, Luke Fitzgerald.
Munster: Jeremy Manning; Ian Dowling, John Kelly, Trevor Halstead, Tomas O'Leary; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frankie Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell (capt), Alan Quinlan, David Wallace, Anthony Foley.
Replacements: Andy Kyriacou, Timmy Ryan, Mick O'Driscoll, Denis Leamy, Tim McGann, Brian O'Meara, Barry Murphy.
Referee: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Touch Judges: Alan Lewis, Marshall Kilgore (both Ireland)
PREVIOUS LEAGUE MEETINGS:
December 2001 - Final - Leinster 24 Munster 20, Lansdowne Road
September 2003 - Leinster 8 Munster 15, Donnybrook
February 2004 - Munster 24 Leinster 13, Musgrave Park
September 2004 - Leinster 17 Munster 15, Donnybrook
January 2005 - Munster 19 Leinster 13, Musgrave Park
October 2005 - Munster 33 Leinster 9, Musgrave Park
December 2005 - Leinster 35 Munster 23, RDS
- Leinster beat Connacht 31-16 at the Sportsground last week and have not lost at home since a 27-13 reversal to Edinburgh in the league last November. Leinster have won all seven previous league matches they have played at Lansdowne Road
- Munster lowered the colours of Ulster last Saturday at Musgrave Park with a 21-13 triumph, however the men in red have won only once in their last seven away matches - a 41-15 success over the Borders at Netherdale last April
- Leinster have beaten Munster just once in their last five meetings in all competitions - 35-23 at the RDS on New Year's Eve last season
- Argentinian out-half Felipe Contepomi was Leinster's hero that day at the RDS as he grabbed a personal tally of 25 points (2 tries, 3 conversions and 3 penalties) to see his side to victory. But Ireland's Ronan O'Gara was on top when the sides met in Cork last October - the Munster number 10 scored a try and kicked four conversions - with Marcus Horan, Alan Quinlan, Denis Leamy and John Kelly sharing out the other tries - in a 33-9 home win
- With regard to try-scoring exploits, Munster centre-cum-winger Kelly has bagged three tries in the last five games between the rival provinces, while Munster prop Horan has also touched down twice in the last three.
On the Leinster side, it is interesting to note that both winger Denis Hickie and captain and centre Brian O'Driscoll have never scored against Munster in the league. Both, however, are in good form currently with Hickie having started the league campaign with three tries in three games. Former Munster lock Trevor Hogan has scored two in three appearances for his new province
- Contepomi is Leinster's top scorer this season with 34 points. Munster's young New Zealand-born out-half Jeremy Manning leads the Munster scoring with 23 (1 conversion and 7 penalties).
Contepomi's curent kicking average is 65% (13 successes from 20 kicks), ranking him as the league's tenth best kicker. Manning is seventh on 72.73% (8/11)
- Leinster are joint-top of the yellow card standings with four sin-binnings (Will Green, Malcolm O'Kelly, Ronan McCormack (2)), while Munster have had two to date - both in their opening fixture against Cardiff (Timmy Ryan and Donnacha Ryan)