Sunday 4 December 2016

Johnny Sexton makes eagerly-awaited Leinster return for visit of the Ospreys

Published 22/09/2016 | 12:22

Jonathan Sexton, left, and Sean O'Brien of Leinster during squad training at UCD, Belfield in Dublin this week. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton, left, and Sean O'Brien of Leinster during squad training at UCD, Belfield in Dublin this week. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Jonathan Sexton will occupy the number 10 shirt tomorrow night when Leinster take on the Ospreys at the RDS (kick-off 7.35pm).

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The flyhalf has recovered from the shoulder surgery he required after the Pro12 final defeat to Connacht and is set to come up against Lions rival Dan Biggar.

Joey Carbery has been impressing in Sexton's absence but he drops to the bench.

Sexton will be partnered at half-back by Luke McGrath.

Zane Kirchner continues in the number 15 jersey with Isa Nacewa captaining the side once again from the right wing and Dave Kearney selected on the left.

In the centre Noel Reid and Garry Ringrose are named to start for the fourth game in a row, however thare are two changes in the half back.

In the pack there are two changes in the front row with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong coming in, with Sean Cronin continuing at hooker.

Mick Kearney comes in to the second row having lined out for Clontarf in the All-Ireland League last weekend to partner Devin Toner.

There is one final change in the back row as Josh van der Flier starts at open side flanker with Jordi Muprhy and Jamie Heaslip completing the line up.

Rhys Ruddock makes his first match day squad of the season having returned from injury and he is named on the bench.

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