Sunday 4 December 2016

Leinster ring the changes for trip to the Dragons as D'Arcy gets another chance to impress

Published 10/04/2015 | 12:35

Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy and Jimmy Gopperth celebrate after the game. European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Leinster v Bath. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy and Jimmy Gopperth celebrate after the game. European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Leinster v Bath. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Leinster boss Matt O'Connor has given a lot of the players that secured a Champions Cup quarter-final win against Bath last weekend a rest for the trip to Rodney Parade on Sunday to play the Dragons (kick-off 4.15pm).

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Fergus McFadden hasn't passed the return to play protocols and will not be involved this weekend and his place is taken by Dave Kearney on the right wing. Zane Kirchner is at full back, Darragh Fanning on the left wing and Kearney on the right form a new back three. In the centre Gordon D'Arcy starts in his 258th appearance for the province alongside Ben Te'o.

At half back, Eoin Reddan starts at scrum half alongside Jimmy Gopperth.

In the pack Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Marty Moore start in the front row having come off the bench against Bath last weekend. Ben Marshall comes in for his second start of the campaign with Kane Douglas once again missing out through injury. Mike McCarthy is Marshall's partner in that second row.

In the back row, Shane Jennings will captain the side from openside flanker, with Dominic Ryan selected at blindside and Jack Conan at No. 8.

Should he come on, Michael Bent will win his 50th cap for Leinster on Sunday.

Leinster: (15-9) Zane Kirchner, Dave Kearney, Ben Te'o, Gordon D'Arcy, Darragh Fanning, Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan; (1-8) Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss, Martin Moore, Ben marshall, Mike McCarthy, Dominic ryn, Shane Jennigs, Jack Conan.

Replacements: (16-23) Aaron Dundon, Michael Bent, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Noel Reid, Luke Fitzgerald.

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