Thursday 23 November 2017

Four changes for Leinster ahead of Ulster trip as Marty Moore ruled out for 12 weeks

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip will make his 200th provincial appearance this weekend
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip will make his 200th provincial appearance this weekend Newsdesk Newsdesk

Matt O'Connor has made four changes to the team that lost to Toulon last weekend for the visit to Ulster on Friday evening.

Leinster still hold an outside chance of making a play-offs, but victory at Ravenhill is a must and the occasion will mark Jamie Heaslip's 200th appearance for the province. He becomes only the fifth player to have reached the double century of caps with Gordon D'Arcy out in front on 259 caps.

Fergus McFadden has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a thumb injury and had a successful operation yesterday morning and as a result, his place on the right wing is taken by Zane Kirchner who also replaced him on Sunday.

The rest of the back three includes Luke Fitzgerald on the left wing and Rob Kearney once again at full back.

Gordon D'Arcy and Ben Te'o form the midfield partnership with Isaac Boss and Jimmy Gopperth at half back.

In the pack Richardt Strauss comes in a hooker, with Cian Healy selected at loosehead prop and Mike Ross at tighthead. The second row partnership of Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy is once again retained.

Dominic Ryan comes into the side at blindside flanker with Sean O'Brien at openside and Jamie Heaslip leading the side from the base of the scrum.

O'Connor also confirmed this morning that the only fitness question mark that remained after the weekend game against Toulon in relation to Marty Moore has also been clarified with a scan on his shoulder confirming that he will need surgery.

A keyhole procedure will take place next Monday morning for a laberal repair to his left shoulder which will keep him sidelined for 12 weeks.

Leinster team v Ulster: Kearney, Kirchner, Te'o, D'Arcy, Fitzgerald, Gopperth, Boss, Healy, Strauss, Ross, Toner, McCarthy, O'Brien, Ryan, Heaslip (C)

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