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Leinster Team Named To Play Leicester Tomorrow.

The two sides meet in the Heineken Champions Cup semi final.

 

Head coach Leo Cullen has named his Leinster Rugby team, to take on Leicester Tigers in the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup tomorrow.

It’s the first meeting between the sides since the same stage in 2011.

In team news, there’s a very welcome return to the second row for James Ryan. The lock hasn’t featured for the province since October against Scarlets but had featured internationally until being forced out of the Six Nations through injury.

He joins a front five that also sees Rónan Kelleher make his first appearance since picking up a shoulder knock on international duty.

Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong will join him in the front row while Ross Molony will be alongside Ryan at lock.

Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan will be the back row at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Johnny Sexton will captain the team from 10, partnered by Jamison Gibson-Park in the half-backs.

The back five are unchanged from the Round of 16 ties against Connacht.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose make up the midfield with Hugo Keenan at full-back flanked by James Lowe on the left and Jimmy O’Brien on the right.

On the bench, Academy second row Joe McCarthy is in line for his European debut should he be brought on while out-half Ross Byrne is just a single point off 800 for Leinster.

Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Michael Ala’alatoa, Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath and Tommy O’Brien are also among the replacements.

15. Hugo Keenan
14. Jimmy O’Brien
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. James Lowe
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Andrew Porter
2. Rónan Kelleher
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Ross Molony
5. James Ryan
6. Caelan Doris
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jack Conan

Replacements: 

16. Dan Sheehan
17. Cian Healy
18. Michael Ala’alatoa
19. Joe McCarthy
20. Rhys Ruddock
21. Luke McGrath
22. Ross Byrne
23. Tommy O’Brien

 

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