Sunday 20 January 2019

Johnny Sexton recovers from hamstring concern to start against Bath as Leo Cullen makes changes

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen during Leinster Squad Training at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen during Leinster Squad Training at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton has been passed fit to start in Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Bath tomorrow evening at the Aviva Stadium.

The flyhalf, who signed a new contract with the IRFU this week to extend his stay at Leinster until 2021, was substituted in last week's win at the Rec due to tightness of the hamstring but has been named at number 10.

The team shows a number of changes from last week's victory.

After struggles at the base of the scrum last week, Jack Conan comes in at number 8 and Dan Leavy move to blindside in the only changes to the pack.

Rob Kearney is not in the matchday XV. Jordan Larmour moves to full back from the right wing with Adam Byrne coming onto the wing. James Lowe continues on the left.

There is also a change in the number 12 jersey with Rory O’Loughlin starting alongside Garry Ringrose for his 50th Leinster cap in place of Noel Reid.

Luke McGrath partners Sexton in the halfbacks.

Leinster: (15-9) J Larmour,  A Byrne, G Ringrose, R O’Loughlin, J Lowe, J Sexton, L McGrath: (1-8) C Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, J Ryan, D Leavy, J van der Flier, J Conan.

Replacements: (16-23) J Tracy, E Byrne, A  Porter, R Molony. R Ruddock, J Gibson-Park, R Byrne, N Reid.

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