Thursday 14 December 2017

Strauss returns to Leinster line-up as O'Connor shuffles the pack

Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier will make his full debut against Zebre in Italy.
Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier will make his full debut against Zebre in Italy.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Hooker Richardt Strauss will make his first Leinster appearance in nearly five months as Matt O'Connor has made a number of personnel changes ahead of the game against Zebre tomorrow.

Strauss will make his 95th appearance after a serious hamstring injury, which needed surgery, put paid to his season but he makes a return in a front row that also includes Jack McGrath and Marty Moore, who have also recovered from respective calf and shoulder niggles.

Kane Douglas who makes his first appearance away from home for Leinster with Devin Toner on the bench, while Jack Conan makes only his second start for the province at number 8.

Flanker and Academy player Josh van der Flier will make his full debut in a side captained by the returning Rob Kearney.

Zane Kirchner returns on the right wing, with Isaac Boss and Ian Madigan starting at half back.

Leinster team to play Zebre: Rob Kearney(c); Zane Kirchner, Gordon D'Arcy, Noel Reid, Darragh Fanning; Ian Madigan, Isaac Boss; Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss, Marty Moore; Mike McCarthy, Kane Douglas; Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.

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