Saturday 20 January 2018

Brian O’Driscoll and Rob Kearney rested against Warriors as Heineken Cup showdown looms

Independent.ie Reporters

BRIAN O’Driscoll and Rob Kearney won’t be risked for Leinster’s Pro 12 semi-final with Glasgow Warriors at the RDS tomorrow.



Both picked up minor knocks in training this week.



Kearney and O’Driscoll will be re- assessed by Leinster medical staff “over the coming days” with one eye on the Heineken Cup final against Ulster later this month.



Isa Nacewa will start at fullback - 100th appearance for his province - and Eoin O’Malley will line-out at outside centre.



His centre partner Gordon D’Arcy will make his 205th appearance against the Warriors.



Captain Leo Cullen is also named among the replacements.



Fergus McFadden replaces the injured Luke Fitzgerald and David Kearney will start on the left wing.



Leinster: I Nacewa; F McFadden, E O'Malley, G D'Arcy, D Kearney; J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross; B Thorn, D Toner; S O'Brien, S Jennings, J Heaslip (capt). Replacements : S Cronin, H van der Merwe, N White, L Cullen, K McLaughlin, I Boss, I Madigan, A Conway.



The game kicks off at 7.35pm.



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