Monday 23 October 2017

Madigan dropped as D'Arcy returns to Leinster starting XV

Leinster's Ian Madigan
Leinster's Ian Madigan

Ian Madigan has been dropped to the replacements bench as Gordon D'Arcy returns to the Leinster starting XV for tomorrow's Rabodirect Pro12 semi-final with the Glasgow Warriors.

D'Arcy returns from the calf strain that has kept him out of recent games to partner Brian O'Driscoll in the Leinster midfield.

Isaac Boss and Jonathan Sexton are the preferred half-back partnership for the crunch clash.

Rob Kearney starts at full-back with Isa Nacewa and Fergus McFadden on the wings.

Sean O'Brien should shake off a calf problem for the RDS clash but will be replaced by Shane Jennings at number seven if he fails a fitness test and Rhys Ruddock will be promoted to the bench.

Cian Healy starts in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross with Devin Toner lining out for the 125th time in Leinster colours alongside skipper Leo Cullen.

Leinster team to face Glasgow: (15-9) Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Isa Nacewa, Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss; (1-8) Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen(C), Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien/Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: (16-23) Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Jamie Hagan, Quinn Roux, Shane Jennings/Rhys Ruddock, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, Andrew Conway.

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