Wednesday 16 April 2014

Leinster leave BOD on the bench for make-or-break Scarlets match

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL has been left out of the Leinster team to face Scarlets in the make-or-break Heineken Cup Pool Five match at the RDS tomorrow night.

The Ireland skipper has only just returned from a long term ankle ligament injury and is not risked from the start for what is a must-win match for the defending European champions.

Fergus McFadden is preferred at outside centre, with Luke Fitzgerald slotting in on the left wing.

Rob Kearney returns at fullback while Isa Nacewa is the only non-Irish international player in the first 15, starting on the right wing.

Shane Jennings returns to the openside with Sean O’Brien switching to six. Isaac Boss is preferred to Eoin Reddan at scrum-half, with Jonathan Sexton at outhalf. Richardt Strauss has not made the 23-man squad, with Aaron Dundon taking his bench spot.

Leinster: R Kearney; I Nacewa, F McFadden, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald; J Sexton, I Boss; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross, L Cullen (capt), D Toner, S O’Brien, S Jennings, J Heaslip. Replacements: A Dundon, H van der Merwe, M Bent, T Denton, R Ruddock, E Reddan, I Madigan, B O'Driscoll.

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