The Leinster squad to face Brive in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 6 encounter at the Stade Municipal (kick-off 4.45pm local time/3.45pm Irish time) has been named.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides and Leinster have named a strong squad with the province’s leading tournament try scorer Brian O’Driscoll (25 tries) one of 13 Ireland internationals in the extended panel for the trip to France.
Michael Cheika’s chosen squad also includes Shane Horgan who made his record 71st Heineken Cup appearance in the London Irish game last weekend.
Horgan is now two caps ahead of Malcolm O’Kelly (69) and six ahead of Girvan Dempsey (65) in the all-time European appearance list for the province.
Scotland lock Nathan Hines is also included after making his home Heineken Cup debut for the province alongside Mike Ross, Eoin Reddan and Kevin McLaughlin.
Over 500 Leinster supporters are expected to make the trip to Brive this weekend. Cheika will announce his starting line-up on Friday.
LEINSTER Squad (v Brive) – Backs (13): Shaun Berne, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Horgan, Chris Keane, Rob Kearney, Simon Keogh, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Brian O’Driscoll, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton.
Forwards (15) – Leo Cullen, John Fogarty, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Nathan Hines, Bernard Jackman, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh, Ronan McCormack, Kevin McLaughlin, Malcolm O’Kelly, Sean O’Brien, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, CJ van der Linde.