Thursday 14 December 2017

Joey Carbery to don number 10 jersey as Leo Cullen names XV for Edinburgh clash

Joey Carbery scoring a try against Treviso last week
Joey Carbery scoring a try against Treviso last week Newsdesk Newsdesk

Joey Carbery returns to Leinster's starting lineup for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Northampton in December for the visit of the Edinburgh to the RDS tomorrow night (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Athy flyhalf marked his return to action by scoring a try as a second half substitute in last week's 40-14 victory over Treviso.

He will be partnered in the halfbacks by Luke McGrath.

On the occasion of his 80th provincial cap, Zane Kirchner continues at full-back with Dave Kearney again selected on the wing having scored tries 20 and 21 of his Leinster career in his comeback game last week against Treviso. However, with UCD's Barry Daly coming in on the left wing, it means a shift across to the right wing for Kearney.

Noel Reid and Rory O'Loughlin will continue in the centre.

Prop Peter Dooley retains his starting jersey from last week with James Tracy coming in at hooker having come off the bench for Ireland against Italy last Saturday. Mike Ross starts at tighthead having played nearly 30 minutes off the bench against Treviso in his return from a hamstring injury.

There is a new-look second row with Ross Molony and Mike McCarthy partnering each other, while Dominic Ryan and Jack Conan have been retained at blindside flanker and number 8 respectively, with Josh van der Flier coming in at openside.

Leo Cullen confirmed that Isa Nacewa had undergone a small procedure on his knee and he will be unavailable for selection for "a couple of weeks".

LEINSTER (v Edinburgh): (15-9) Zane Kirchner; Dave Kearney, Rory O'Loughlin, Noel Reid, Barry Daly; Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath; (1-8) Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Mike Ross, Ross Molony, Mike McCarthy, Dominic Ryan, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.

Replacements: (16-23) Bryan Byrne, Andrew Porter, Michael Bent, Mick Kearney, Dan Leavy, Jamison Gibson Park, Ross Byrne, Adam Byrne.

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