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.
Isa Nacewa, who scored all of Leinster's points against Benetton Treviso, will don the number 10 jersey in his place.
The 21-year-old Ian Madigan comes onto the replacements bench.
Sexton has yet to make his seasonal bow for Leinster, which, fitness permitting, should come in next week's much-anticipated clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium.
LEINSTER (v Edinburgh): Rob Kearney; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Isa Nacewa, Eoin Reddan; Heinke van der Merwe, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Ed O'Donoghue, Devin Toner, Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings (capt), Stephen Keogh.
Replacements: Jason Harris-Wright, Cian Healy, Simon Shawe, Mariano Galarza, Jamie Heaslip, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Eoin O'Malley.