Tuesday 21 November 2017

Johnny Sexton to captain Leinster as Lions return to boost Leo Cullen's men

Jonny Sexton
Jonny Sexton

Johnny Sexton will return to the Leinster team as captain to face Edinburgh in the Pro14 tomorrow (Friday, kick off 7.35).

Sexton is one of four Lions players to return to Leo Cullen's side with Jack McGrath, Sean O'Brien and Tadhg Furlong all back in the blue jersey.

Joey Carbery is selected at full back for the third game in a row, with Dave Kearney again selected on the left wing with Fergus McFadden making his first start of the campaign on the right wing having recovered from a hamstring injury picked up ahead of the Southern Kings game.

Noel Reid and Rory O’Loughlin form an all-St Michael’s midfield pairing while another Michael’s alumni Luke McGrath starts at scrum half having recovered from an arm injury.

Meanwhile, Tiernan O'Halloran returns to the Connacht side for their clash away to Scarletts.

Leinster (caps in brackets):

15. Joey Carbery (25)

14. Fergus McFadden (152)

13. Rory O’Loughlin (25)

12. Noel Reid (84)

11. Dave Kearney (113)

10. Johnny Sexton (136) CAPTAIN

9. Luke McGrath (77)

1. Jack McGrath (113)

2. Seán Cronin (132)

3. Tadhg Furlong (67)

4. Devin Toner (200)

5. Scott Fardy (2)

6. Rhys Ruddock (134)

7. Jordi Murphy (88)

8. Seán O’Brien (110)

 

16. Bryan Byrne (18)

17. Ed Byrne (10)

18. Andrew Porter (12)

19. Ross Molony (47)

20. Max Deegan (5)

21. Jamison Gibson-Park (31)

22. Ross Byrne (27)

23. Jordan Larmour (3)

 

Connacht

(15-9) Darragh Leader, Tiernan O’Halloran, Bundee Aki, Tom Farrell, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney (Capt), Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Jake Heenan, Jarrad Butler, Eoin McKeon

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Denis Coulson, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Eoghan Masterson, Kieran Marmion, Steve Crosbie, Eoin Griffin.

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