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Monday 18 December 2017

Leinster make four changes for Champions Cup opener against Castres

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen, right, and scrum coach John Fogarty
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen, right, and scrum coach John Fogarty

David Smith

Leo Cullen has named the Leinster starting XV that will face Castres in the Champions Cup tomorrow.

Leinster have made four changes in total from the team that beat Munster in the PRO12 last weekend.

Joey Carbery will make his European debut, replacing Johnny Sexton, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Jack McGrath, Josh Van der Flier and Luke McGrath have also come into the team to face the visitors.

The inclusion of Jack McGrath in the front row will mean he wins his 100th cap for Leinster.

Castres come to Dublin as the underdogs, with the French side yet to win on Irish soil in nine attempts.

Kick-off is at 3.15pm in the RDS tomorrow.

Leinster XV:

15. Rob Kearney

14. Zane Kirchner

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Robbie Henshaw

11. Isa Nacewa  (C)

10. Joey Carbery

9. Luke McGrath

1. Jack McGrath

2. Sean Cronin

3. Tadhg Furlong

4. Devin Toner

5. Ian Nagle

6. Rhys Ruddock

7. Josh van der Flier

8. Jamie Heaslip

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