Sunday 18 February 2018

Cian Healy returns as Leo Cullen makes changes ahead of trip to Glasgow

Leinster’s Cian Healy along with Jack McGrath at training in UCD
Leinster’s Cian Healy along with Jack McGrath at training in UCD

Cian Healy returns to the Leinster side as Leo Cullen makes eight changes to the team that beat Ulster last weekend ahead of tomorrow's clash away to Glasgow.

Rob Kearney is again selected to start from full back, although he failed a late fitness test last week and didn't start with Isa Nacewa filling in for the 67 times Irish capped full back.

Zane Kirchner is again selected on the right wing with Dave Kearney coming in on the left. Last week's Guinness PRO12 Man of the Match Luke Fitzgerald moves from the left wing to inside centre for his 145th Leinster cap. Ben Te'o will line up alongside him at 13.

In the half backs Ian Madigan shifts from the centre to number 10, with Eoin Reddan starting at scrumhalf in his 125th appearance in blue. Reddan came on after 31 minutes against Ulster for the injured Luke McGrath. 

It's a completely new front row as Cullen calls up three Irish capped front rowers in Healy, Richardt Strauss and Marty Moore, while Tom Denton comes in to partner Mike McCarthy in the second row.

Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier will start at blind side and open side respectively, while Jordi Murphy comes in at the base of the scrum. Rudock will also captain the team for the first time this season as he closes in on 100 caps for the province.


15. Rob Kearney

14. Zane Kirchner

13. Ben Te'o

12. Luke Fitzgerald

11. Dave Kearney

10. Ian Madigan

9. Eoin Reddan

1. Cian Healy

2. Richardt Strauss

3. Marty Moore

4. Tom Denton

5. Mike McCarthy

6. Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN

7. Josh van der Flier

8. Jordi Murphy


16. Sean Cronin

17. Peter Dooley

18. Tadhg Furlong

19. Ross Molony

20. Dominic Ryan

21. Isaac Boss

22. Cathal Marsh

23. Garry Ringrose

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