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Leinster Squad Named For League Final

Leinster Squad Named For League Final

The Leinster squad to face the Ospreys in Saturday’s Magners League grand final at the RDS (kick-off 6.30pm) has been named.

Rob Kearney, a try-scorer in the 16-6 semi-final victory over Munster, has now scored eight tries in 16 appearances so far this season and is named in a backs division which includes the likes of Gordon D’Arcy, Shane Horgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Eoin Reddan and Jonathan Sexton.

Out-half Sexton’s 11 points in that victory took him to 124 points in the Magners League so far this season.

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Bank of Ireland Leinster Player of the Year Jamie Heaslip is one of eight Ireland internationals in the forward panel, amongst them young back rower Sean O’Brien who continues his rehabilitation from a leg injury and Scotland’s Nathan Hines.

Saturday’s Magners League grand final is expected to be a sell-out and no tickets will be available to purchase at the ground. Leinster Rugby Season Ticket holders are reminded that this is a ticket-only event.

For his last game in charge, Leinster coach Michael Cheika will confirm the starting line-up and replacements on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Leinster Rugby have confirmed that, in addition to the previously announced retiring players – Girvan Dempsey, Bernard Jackman and Malcolm O’Kelly – scrum half Chris Keane and South African prop CJ van der Linde will also be leaving the province at the end of the season.

Leinster would like to thank all of the players for their service to the province and wish them well in their future careers. Leinster will be announcing their squad for the 2010/11 season in the coming weeks.

LEINSTER Squad (v Ospreys) – Backs (11): Shaun Berne, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Shane Horgan, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Paul O’Donohoe, Brian O’Driscoll, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton.

Forwards (14): John Fogarty, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Nathan Hines, Trevor Hogan, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Malcolm O’Kelly, Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Stan Wright.