10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Two notable absentees from the squad are injured centres Brian O'Driscoll (medial knee ligament) and Gordon D'Arcy (groin muscle), while prop Cian Healy and number 8 Jamie Heaslip will also sit out this weekend's derby match.
Promising flanker Eoin Sheriff joins fellow Leinster Academy players Andrew Conway and Rhys Ruddock, who are fresh from their involvement with the Ireland Under-20s, in the province's provisional panel.
The squad will be reduced down to the team and replacements on Friday afternoon.
Over 12,500 tickets have been sold for Saturday's interprovincial game and tickets are on sale now on www.leinsterrugby.ie and from Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Meanwhile, the fourth annual 'Ladies Night' will take place before and after the game on Saturday - in aid of Action Breast Cancer - in the RDS' Shelbourne Hall.
Over 200 supporters have already registered for the pre-match reception which will feature a drinks reception sponsored by Bulmers, live music, beauty and hair tips and goodie bags. Members of the Leinster squad will also be in attendance.
Everyone is invited back to the Shelbourne Hall after the match for more live music and a bumper raffle. Supporters are asked to pay a €10 suggested admission charge, in addition to the match ticket, and all proceeds will go to Action Breast Cancer.
You can still register now for the pre-match event, simply e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEINSTER Squad (v Connacht) - Backs (15): Shaun Berne, Andrew Conway, Girvan Dempsey, Chris Keane, David Kearney, Rob Kearney, Michael Keating, Simon Keogh, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Paul O'Donohoe, Eoin O'Malley, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton.
Forwards (17): Leo Cullen, John Fogarty, Nathan Hines, Trevor Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh, Ronan McCormack, Malcolm O'Kelly, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Paul Ryan, Eoin Sheriff, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, CJ van der Linde, Stan Wright.