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Leinster ring changes for clash with Ospreys

THE Leinster team to face the Ospreys in tomorrow night's Pro12 clash in the RDS has been named.

Isaac Boss will partner Jonathan Sexton – now just 28 points shy of the 1,000 point career mark for the province – in a side which sees several changes to the line-up which started last weekend's Challenge Cup semi-final win.

Andrew Conway comes into the outside backs meaning that Fergus McFadden will partner Ian Madigan at centre.

Brian O'Driscoll is given a 'breather' being named on the bench after his exertions in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Jamie Heaslip, Kevin McLaughlin and Mike Ross are rested after picking up knocks last weekend.

Gordon D'Arcy has made good progress after his calf strain and should come back into calculations for next weekend's semi-final.

In all there are 13 home-grown players in the starting side which will be led once more by Leo Cullen. Fresh from his British & Irish Lions selection, Sean O'Brien has recovered from injury and the Tullow man starts at number eight in a back-row which includes Shane Jennings and Rhys Ruddock.

Jack McGrath will make his 35th senior appearance and he is joined in the front row by Ireland hooker Sean Cronin and Jamie Hagan.

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney; 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Fergus McFadden, 12 Ian Madigan, 11 Isa Nacewa; 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Isaac Boss; 1 Jack McGrath, 2 Sean Cronin, 3 Jamie Hagan, 4 Leo Cullen CAPTAIN, 5 Quinn Roux, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 7 Shane Jennings, 8 Sean O'Brien.

Reps: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 John Cooney, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Brian O'Driscoll.

 

Tour's youngest player Ye settles for 79 in China Open

GOLF: Ye Wo-cheng had to settle for a round of 79 as he became the youngest player in European Tour history in the Volvo China Open today.

But 16-year-old Chinese compatriot Dou Ze-cheng carded a two-under-par 70 at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin to lie just two shots off the early clubhouse lead shared by France's Raphael Jacquelin and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Ye is just 12 years and 242 days old and almost a year younger than the previous record holder Guan Tianlang, who famously made the cut at the Masters last month aged 14 and was 13 years and 177 days old when he played in the same event last year.

 

Haye aims to avoid hard night

BOXING: David Haye feels he will have to train as hard as he ever has done in preparation for his clash with Manuel Charr – but insists he is not concerned about ring rust, despite having been out of action for almost a year.

The bout at Manchester Arena on June 29 will see former WBA heavyweight champion Haye fighting for the first time since his grudge match victory over fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in London in July 2012.


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