Friday 15 December 2017

Leinster go into battle for home semi-final without top two flankers

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

A bonus point win against Treviso at the RDS on Saturday will guarantee Leinster a home semi-final in the Pro12 playoffs and the starting team picked by Leo Cullen looks strong enough to wrap up the regular season in style.

Although the province will be without top opensides Sean O'Brien and Josh van der Flier for the crucial game, they still boast a first XV featuring 11 Ireland internationals. Jordi Murphy has been chosen to deputise in the number seven jersey in place of O'Brien, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, and van der Flier.

In the backline, Luke Fitzgerald misses out after straining his medial ligaments against Ulster, but Cullen is hopeful that the former Lion will be available for the Pro12 knockout stages.

The game is not televised and kicks off at the RDS at 3pm tomorrow.

Leinster

15. Rob Kearney

14. Isa Nacewa (Capt)

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Ben Te’o

11. Dave Kearney

10. Johnny Sexton

9. Eoin Reddan

1. Jack McGrath

2. Richardt Strauss

3. Mike Ross

4. Devin Toner

5. Mick Kearney

6. Rhys Ruddock

7. Jordi Murphy

8. Jamie Heaslip

 

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin

17. Peter Dooley

18. Tadhg Furlong

19. Ross Molony

20. Dominic Ryan

21. Luke McGrath

22. Cathal Marsh

23. Noel Reid

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