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Leinster Announce Team For PRO12 Semi-Final

Leinster Announce Team For PRO12 Semi-Final

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced his team to take on the Scarlets in Friday’s GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final at the RDS (kick-off 7.45pm).

Leo Cullen has recalled a number of players that missed out on the round 22 trip to Ulster and a few others that were out through injury have also returned to the matchday squad.

Joey Carbery is selected at full-back with Adam Byrne starting on the right wing and captain Isa Nacewa on the left for his 170th cap. Robbie Henshaw has recovered from injury to take his place in the centre with Garry Ringrose outside him in the number 13 jersey.

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Luke McGrath, winning his 75th cap, and Jonathan Sexton are the half-back combination for the last-four clash between the second and third-placed teams with a place in the GUINNESS PRO12 final on Saturday week at the Aviva Stadium at stake.

Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong will feature at loosehead and tighthead prop with James Tracy at hooker. Ross Molony starts in the second row alongside Hayden Triggs who is set for his final appearance at the RDS before he retires at the end of the season.

Finally, in the back row, Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier will line out on the flanks with fellow Ireland international Jack Conan packing down at number 8.

Cullen has gone with a six-two split on the bench with two back rowers in his selection, including the fit-again Sean O’Brien. Zane Kirchner is poised to come off the bench for his final run-out at the RDS before his move to the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Tickets for Leinster v Scarlets are also still on sale at leinsterrugby.ie or on Friday evening from 6.15pm at the Anglesea Road ticket office – click here.

LEINSTER (v Scarlets): Joey Carbery; Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Isa Nacewa (capt); Jonathan Sexton, Luke McGrath; Jack McGrath, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Hayden Triggs, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Sean O’Brien, Jamison Gibson Park, Zane Kirchner.