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Healy, Ross & Nacewa Return To Leinster Line-Up

Healy, Ross & Nacewa Return To Leinster Line-Up

Ahead of the Captain’s Run later this afternoon, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team to face Zebre at the RDS in the GUINNESS PRO12 on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm).

There are five changes to the team that lost to the Newport Gwent Dragons last time out, with three switches in the pack and two in the backs.

In the pack, Ireland internationals Cian Healy and Mike Ross return from hamstring and knee injuries respectively to prop down alongside James Tracy, with Ross Molony and Hayden Triggs continuing in the second row. 

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The back row sees Josh van der Flier return from Ireland camp at openside flanker with Dominic Ryan and Jordi Murphy again selected at blindside flanker and number 8 respectively. 

In the backs Isa Nacewa returns from a knee injury to captain the province from the left wing with Ireland Sevens international Adam Byrne again starting on the right and Zane Kirchner selected at full-back. Ben Te’o and Garry Ringrose continue in midfield with Isaac Boss partnering Cathal Marsh at half-back.

Leo Cullen and Nacewa will address media later on today in the Centre for Cardiac Risk in Younger Persons in Tallaght Hospital to promote the work of the Leinster Rugby charity partner, Cardiac Risk in the Young (www.cry.ie).

Ticket for the Leinster v Zebre game are still available at leinsterrugby.ie or from the ticket office on match day from 6pm. Students can sign up to the new Student Pass at leinsterrugbystudentpass.com for €;10 match day tickets. 

LEINSTER (v Zebre): Zane Kirchner; Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Ben Te’o, Isa Nacewa (capt); Cathal Marsh, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, James Tracy, Mike Ross, Ross Molony, Hayden Triggs, Dominic Ryan, Josh van der Flier, Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Peter Dooley, Michael Bent, Tom Denton, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Noel Reid, Cian Kelleher.