Tuesday 27 September 2016

Leinster's Rob Kearney recovers from hamstring injury to start against Edinburgh

Published 14/04/2016 | 12:23

11 April 2016; Leinster's Rob Kearney during squad training. Leinster Rugby Squad Training. Thornfields, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
11 April 2016; Leinster's Rob Kearney during squad training. Leinster Rugby Squad Training. Thornfields, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney has recovered from the recurring hamstring problem that has sidelined him over the past number of weeks and will start against Edinburgh tomorrow night at the RDS (kick-off, 7.35pm).

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The game will also be of significance to Munster who will have their fingers crossed that their provincial rivals can do them a favour and beat one of their biggest adversaries in the race for a top six spot.

Kearney will start at full-back having last featured for Leinster in the Champions Cup match away to Wasps on January 23.

Luke Fitzgerald, who pulled up with an injury in the first half of Leinster's game against Connacht three weeks ago, starts on the left wing, with Fergus McFadden completing the back three.

Ben Te'o and Noel Reid will start the game as Leinster's midfield pairing, with Luke McGrath and Ian Madigan selected as the provinces starting half-back partnership.

There is a new-look front row for Friday's game with Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross in for Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong, who all started in the win over Munster.

Leinster Academy lock Ross Molony starts in the second row with Mick Kearney, who will make his fifth appearance for the province.

Rhys Ruddock captains Leinster from the back row alongside Josh van der Flier, who will make his twelfth start of the season, and Jordi Murphy, who starts at number 8.

A win over Scotland's capital club could keep Leinster at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 table with just two rounds of regular season games to go after this weekend's fixtures.

Leinster team to face Edinburgh: (15-9) Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Ben Te'o, Noel Reid, Luke Fitzgerald, Ian Madigan, Luke McGrath; (1-8) Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Ross Molony, Mick Kearney, Rhys Ruddock (C), Josh van der Flier, Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: (16-23) Sean Cronin, Peter Dooley, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, Dominic Ryan, Eoin Reddan, Cathal Marsh, Dave Kearney.

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