Tuesday 22 October 2019

Byrne and Gibson-Park to start ahead of Sexton and McGrath in Leinster's Champions Cup clash against Montpellier

Jonathan Sexton, left, and Ross Byrne of Leinster
Jonathan Sexton, left, and Ross Byrne of Leinster

Des Berry

It looks like it will be Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park, not Jonathan Sexton and Luke McGrath, who will guide Leinster into battle against Montpellier at The Altrad Stadium tomorrow (KO 1.0, Sky Sports Action).

Wallaby Scott Fardy could be the 'non-European' player to lose out as James Ryan and Jordan Larmour, on the wing, will have the chance to show Joe Schmidt they are ready to play a part in the Six Nations.

Ryan has been plagued by minor injuries this season in what was supposed to be the lift-off to his career.

He has played out 80 minutes just once in his senior career against the Southern Kings in the PRO14 League back in September.    

Even so, Schmidt has shown faith in the 21 year-old for his third and fourth international caps against South Africa and Argentina, respectively, in November. 

It could be either Larmour or James Lowe, who will have the challenge of dealing with Nemani Nadolo, presuming the Montpellier wing is chosen at noon on Friday.

The sensible option would be for the bigger, more powerful Lowe to tackle Nadolo, who has scored four tries in his last three appearances against Leinster.


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