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Monday 11 December 2017

Leinster go with mix of youth and experience with Leo Cullen to make seasonal debut

Leo Cullen
Leo Cullen

Leinster stalwart Leo Cullen wil get a chance to prove his readiness ahead of crucial Heineken Cup action when he starts for Leinster in tommorw evening Rabodirect Pro12 contest with the Scarlets at the RDS.

Leinster boss Matt O'Connor has mixed youth with experience in his starting XV for the visit of the Llanelli side with a number of Irish internationals involved in the Guinness Series returning to the fold.

Gordon D'Arcy partners Brendan Macken in the centre while Luke Fitzgerald forms part of a formidable looking back three with Zane Kirchner and Lote Tuqiri.

Eoin Reddan returns at scrum-half where he will partner Ian Madigan who is preferred to Jimmy Gopperth at number 10.

Leo Cullen partners Mike McCarthy in the second row while Jack McGrath will start in the front row alongside Aaron Dundon and Bank of Ireland player of the month Martin Moore. Shane Jennings leads the side and is named in the back-row alongside Academy graduates Rhys Ruddock and Jordi Murphy who will wear the number eight jersey.

LEINSTER team to face the Scarlets: (15-9) Zane Kirchner, Lote Tuqiri, Brendan Macken, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; (1-8) Jack McGrath, Aaron Dundon, Martin Moore, Leo Cullen, Mike McCarthy, Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings(c), Jordi Murphy.

REPLACEMENTS: (16-23) Sean Cronin, Michael Bent,  Mike Ross, Tom Denton, Dominic Ryan, Luke McGrath, Jimmy Gopperth, Darragh Fanning.

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