Saturday 18 November 2017

Jamie Heaslip one of five internationals back in Leinster side to face Ulster

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip will face Ulster tomorrow
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip will face Ulster tomorrow

Matt O'Connor has recalled the big-hitters as five internationals return to the Leinster side to take on Munster in the PRO12 tomorrow afternoon.

Jamie Heaslip, Jack McGrath, Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss and Devon Toner will all start for Leinster in the Thomond park clash.

Toner comes back into the second row to partner Mike McCarthy, while in the back row Heaslip starts at eight which means a move to blindside flanker for Jack Conan. Shane Jennings starts at openside to complete the forwards.

In the backs, there is only one change which sees the fit again Fergus McFadden start on the right wing in place of Darragh Fanning. Dave Kearney is selected on the left wing, with 28 times capped Springbok, Zane Kirchner at full back.

Gordon D'Arcy, who won his 250th Leinster cap against Munster, starts at inside centre with Luke Fitzgerald outside him at 13. Finally, Isaac Boss and Ian Madigan are once again the starting half backs.

There is also a place in the match day 23 for the returning Ben Te'o, who is available for the first time since fracturing his forearm during his debut against Edinburgh in October.

LEINSTER:

1. Jack McGrath

2, Richardt Strauss

3. Mike Ross

4. Devin Toner

5. Mike McCarthy

6. Jack Conan

7. Shane Jennings

8. Jamie Heaslip CAPTAIN

9. Isaac Boss

10. Ian Madigan

11. Dave Kearney

12. Gordon D'Arcy

13. Luke Fitzgerald

14. Fergus McFadden

15. Zane Kirchner

REPLACEMENTS

16. Sean Cronin

17. Michael Bent

18. Tadhg Furlong

19. Kane Douglas

20. Jordi Murphy

21. Luke McGrath

22. Jimmy Gopperth

23. Ben Te'o

Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR, 35th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell, Mark Connolly (both IRFU)

Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (IRFU)

TMO: Jude Quinn (IRFU)

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