Ireland full-back Rob Kearney returns to the Leinster team as they prepare for their GUINNESS PRO12 derby clash with Ulster at the RDS on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).
This is Rob Kearney’s first appearance since the game against the Scarlets earlier this month. Zane Kirchner, winning his 50th cap for the province, is on the right wing with Luke Fitzgerald completing the back-three.
In a change to the half-back pairing from last weekend, Luke McGrath comes in at scrum half in place of Isaac Boss, teaming up with Jonathan Sexton.
There are four changes to Leinster’s pack from the Champions Cup defeat to Bath. Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong starts after featuring for Leinster ‘A’ last week, Mike McCarthy comes in to replace Hayden Triggs, and Josh van der Flier starts in the back row after his try-scoring European debut.
Tickets for Leinster v Ulster are on sale now. €;10 student tickets for the game are on sale from Ticketmaster centres nationwide and will be available from the RDS Ticket Office before kick-off.
LEINSTER (v Ulster): Rob Kearney; Zane Kirchner, Ben Te’o, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald; Jonathan Sexton, Luke McGrath; Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jamie Heaslip (capt).
Replacements: James Tracy, Peter Dooley, Martin Moore, Ross Molony, Dominic Ryan, Eoin Reddan, Noel Reid, Garry Ringrose.