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Last Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Leinster v Munster (Sun)
Lansdowne Road
Sunday, 23 April
Kick-off: 1500 BST

Ronan O'Gara and Denis Leamy have been passed fit to play for Munster in Sunday's all-Irish Heineken Cup semi-final against Leinster.

However, Marcus Horan's calf injury has not cleared up in time so Federico Pucciariello stays at loose-head prop.

Shane Horgan's return is the only change to the Leinster team.

Winger Horgan, who replaces Rob Kearney, will be making his 100th appearance for Leinster, as will second row forward Malcolm O'Kelly.

If we match them up front we can play some good rugby in the backs
Leinster fly-half Felipe Contepomi

Ireland are guaranteed a finalist for the first time since Munster lost to Leicester four years ago.

The tie has been billed as a battle between Leinster's brilliant backs and an ultra-efficient Munster pack, in what should be one of the tournament's great occasions.

"The match will see two different styles coming together, and whoever can impose their particular style on the game will be the winner," said Leinster's fly-half Felipe Contepomi.

"It's very obvious the way Leinster want to play and it's very obvious the way Munster want to play.

"We know each other pretty well but with all the modern technology available it's no great trick to analyse how teams play and it takes something special to spring a surprise.

"We know we will need a strong forward platform - just as we did when we played Bath and Toulouse - and if we match them up front we can play some good rugby in the backs."

Leinster: Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll (capt), D'Arcy, Hickie; Contepomi, Easterby; Corrigan, B Blaney, Green; Williams, O'Kelly; Jowitt, Gleeson, Heaslip.
Replacements (from): D Blaney, McCormack, Byrne, Ronan, Miller, O'Riordan, Lewis, Kearney.

Munster: Payne; Horgan, Kelly, Halstead, Dowling; O'Gara, Stringer; Pucciariello, Flannery, Hayes; O'Callaghan, O'Connell; Leamy, Wallace, Foley (cpt).
Replacements: Fogarty, Roche, M O'Driscoll, Keogh, Manning, Henderson, O'Leary.

Referee: Joel Jutge (France)

Interview: Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll

Leinster 30-22 Scarlets
14 Apr 06 |  Irish
Munster 36-15 Edinburgh
15 Apr 06 |  European Club
Toulouse 35-41 Leinster
01 Apr 06 |  European Club
Munster 19-10 Perpignan
01 Apr 06 |  European Club


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