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Saturday 21 October 2017

Ian Madigan on bench for Leinster

Leinster's Ian Madigan
Leinster's Ian Madigan

Ian Madigan starts on the bench for Leinster in their opening Heineken Cup match against Ospreys tomorrow night, with new signing Jimmy Gopperth slotted in as out-half.

Ireland scrum-half Isaac Boss will link up with Gopperth, who makes his first European appearance for the province at out-half.

Leinster's most capped player Gordon D'Arcy (who is set to make his 226th appearance) will partner European debutant Brendan Macken, who starts at outside centre in what will also be the 22-year-old's fifth appearance of the season.

Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden will be joined in a strong back three by Rob Kearney, who makes his 135th outing in Leinster colours.

The pack is unchanged from the one that started last weekend with Jamie Heaslip once more leading the team and he will be flanked in the back-row once more by Kevin McLaughlin and Sean O'Brien.

Cian Healy will once more partner fellow Ireland front-rowers Sean Cronin (lining out for the 55th time) and Mike Ross, with Devin Toner locking down alongside Mike McCarthy.

OSPREYS:

 

15: Richard Fussell

14: Ben John

13: Andrew Bishop

12: Ashley Beck

11: Eli Walker

10: Dan Biggar

9: Tito Tebaldi

 

1: Duncan Jones

2: Richard Hibbard

3: Adam Jones

4: Alun Wyn Jones CAPTAIN

5: James King

6: Ryan Jones

7: Justin Tipuric

8: Joe Bearman

 

REPLACEMENTS:

 

16: Scott Baldwin

17: Ryan Bevington

18: Aaron Jarvis

19: Tyler Ardron

20: Sam Lewis

21: Thomas Habberfield

22: Matthew Morgan

23: Jeff Hassler

 

LEINSTER:

 

15: Rob Kearney

14: Fergus McFadden

13: Brendan Macken

12: Gordon D'Arcy

11: Dave Kearney

10: Jimmy Gopperth

9: Isaac Boss

 

1: Cian Healy

2: Sean Cronin

3: Mike Ross

4: Devin Toner

5: Mike McCarthy

6: Kevin McLaughlin

7: Sean O'Brien

8: Jamie Heaslip CAPTAIN

 

REPLACEMENTS:

 

16: Aaron Dundon

17: Jack McGrath

18: Martin Moore

19: Quinn Roux

20: Rhys Ruddock

21: Eoin Reddan

22: Ian Madigan

23: Luke Fitzgerald

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