18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Former Ireland Under 20 Grand Slam winners Kyle Tonetti and Paul O'Donohue also feature in the starting line up as does new signing Isa Nacewa at full back.
Coach Michael Cheika intends to give as many players as possible some defined game time in the match as he sees this game and the one against the Queensland Red as part of the selection process: "We hope to transfer the good, strong technical work we've been doing with the ball in play and make good decisions under pressure so that we're applying better technique in pressure situations."
"We also want to achieve a good level of physicality, and good involvement in the game, which means lots of touches . . . We want to see this ethos from the start. We want to see this game set the platform as far as that's concerned."
In other Leinster news a Triple Pack of tickets for the games against Edinburgh, Ospreys adn Munster is to go on sale.
Tickets for these three matches will be sold as a 'Triple Pack' so for as little as €70 you can be there to Roar on Leinster.
Triple Packs will go on pre-sale to Season Ticket holders and Blues Supporters Club members from 10am this Thursday 21st August.
They will then go on general sale on the Leinster Website from 10am on Wednesday 27th August. Individual tickets for both Edinburgh and Ospreys will go on general sale on Friday 22nd August.