Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fitzgerald returns to Leinster line-up for Castres assignment

Luke Fitzgerald makes his first start for Leinster since last March.
Luke Fitzgerald makes his first start for Leinster since last March.
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Luke Fitzgerald starts a first game for his provincesince March in one of three changes to the Leinster XV to face Castres on Sunday.

The game has come too early for both Mike Ross and Rob Kearney who have not been able to shake off their groin and back injuries suffered late last week.

In total there are three changes to the team that played against Wasps last Sunday with one in the pack and two in the backs, in addition to a number of positional changes to accomodate the returning Fitzgerald. 

Kane Douglas will partner Devin Toner in the second row, with Mike McCarthy starting from the bench.

Isaac Boss gets the nod at scrumhalf instead of Eoin Reddan with Jimmy Gopperth at ten. Outside of them, Ian Madigan moves from full back to inside centre with Gordon D'Arcy again selected in the 13 jersey. Noel Reid who started at 12 last week reverts to the bench.

The final change is on the wing with Luke Fitzgerald coming in on the left wing and Darragh Fanning, who touched down twice in the RDS last Sunday, moving across to the right wing. As a result, Zane Kirchner moves from the right wing to full back. 

Leinster team to play Castres: Zane Kirchner; Darragh Fanning, Gordon D'Arcy, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald; Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss; Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Michael Bent; Devin Toner, Kane Douglas; Rhys Ruddock, Dominic Ryan, Jamie Heaslip (captain)

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