Thursday 19 July 2018

James Lowe and Jordan Larmour poised to start against Glasgow

Leinster's Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leinster are primed to unleash twin threats James Lowe and Jordan Larmour on Europe this Sunday as they bid to qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-final against Glasgow.

The in-form duo look set to make their first European starts for the province, with Rob Kearney likely to miss out.

Lowe is yet to feature in Europe because Leinster can choose just two Antipodean players under Champions Cup rules, while Larmour was on the bench for the back-to-back games against Exeter Chiefs last month.

Garry Ringrose's ankle injury means Leo Cullen is likely to deploy Isa Nacewa in the centre, which would see Lowe and Fergus McFadden on the wings and 20-year-old Larmour at full-back. Lowe's inclusion means Jamison Gibson-Park would likely to miss out with Scott Fardy set to start in a pack that will likely see Jack McGrath start ahead of Cian Healy, who is back from suspension.

Tadhg Furlong is expected to have overcome his head injury concerns to start alongside McGrath and hooker Seán Cronin in the Leinster front-row, while Jordi Murphy and Josh van der Flier are likely to get the nod on the flanks.

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