Friday 9 December 2016

Same again for Matt O'Connor as Leinster name unchanged team to face Toulon

Published 17/04/2015 | 12:14

Ian Madigan scored all of Leinster's points during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Bath. He will start at inside centre against Toulon
Ian Madigan scored all of Leinster's points during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Bath. He will start at inside centre against Toulon

It's as you were for Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor with no change to the team selected in the Champions Cup quarter-final two weeks ago against Bath to face Toulon this weekend.

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As a result 12 players come back in from the team that played against the Dragons last weekend.

The back three consists of Rob Kearney at full back, Fergus McFadden on the right wing for his 125th cap for Leinster, with Luke Fitzgerald selected on the left wing.

In the centre Ben Te'o, who scored two tries last weekend in Wales is again selected in the number 13 jersey, with Ian Madigan inside him at 12. Isaac Boss will start at scrumhalf with Jimmy Gopperth outside him at 10. 

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Mike Ross have been selected in the front row with Healy making only his fourth start of the season for Leinster having recovered from injury. Behind them Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy lock down in the second row.

In the back row Jordi Murphy is the only player of the three to be involved last weekend coming off the bench after 14 minutes for the injured Shane Jennings. He starts at blindside flanker with Sean O'Brien selected at openside for his third game of the season.

Jamie Heaslip captains the side from the base of the scrum.

Ben Marshall for Tom Denton is the only change to the match day 23 from the squad that beat Bath two weeks ago 18-15.

LEINSTER: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Ben Te'o, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald; Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross; Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy; Jordi Murphy, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip CAPTAIN.

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