Sunday 27 May 2018

Eoin Reddan returns as Leinster make seven changes for Zebre

Eoin Reddan
Eoin Reddan

Matt O'Connor has made seven changes to his Leinster team from the side that was beaten by the Dragons at the RDS on Sunday for the visit of Zebre tomorrow night.

Eoin Reddan, who hasn't featured since the 20-20 draw against Wasps in the Champions Cup, returns from injury at scrum-half to partner Jimmy Gopperth who makes his 50th Leinster appearance.

With Ton Denton, Noel Reid and Richardt Strauss ruled out as they continue through the return to play protocols there are a number of changes in personnel with seven in total, three in the forwards and four in the backs.

Zane Kirchner returns from injury and starts at full back with Fergus McFadden on the right wing and Luke Fitzgerald starting this weekend on the left wing. Gordon D'Arcy comes in at inside centre with Ben Te'o outside him at 13.

In the front row Michael Bent again starts at loosehead with Marty Moore coming in at tighthead and Aaron Dundon starting at hooker. In the second row Mike McCarthy and Kane Douglas are the starting pair, while there is no change to the back row from last weekend with Dominic Ryan, captain Shane Jennings and number eight Jack Conan all starting once again.

Cian Healy makes a welcome return to Leinster colours and is in line to make his first appearance off the bench since the Guinness PRO12 game against the Scarlets in September.

Leinster team to face Zebre: (15-9) Z Kirchner, F McFadden, B Teo'o, G D'Arcy, L Fitzgerald, J Gopperth, E Reddan; (1-8) M Bent, A Dundon, M Moore, M McCarthy, K Douglas, D Ryan, S Jennings (c), J Conan.

Replacements: (16-23) S Cronin, C Healy, T Furlong, B Marshall, D Leavy, I Boss, C Marsh, D Kearney.

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