Wednesday 21 March 2018

Leinster make seven changes for clash with Ospreys

Leinster's Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden, left, during squad training
Leinster's Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden, left, during squad training

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has made seven changes for his side's Pro12 clash with Ospreys in the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

With a strong Leinster contingent involved in Ireland's Six Nations clash with England in the Aviva on Sunday O'Connor's hand was forced somewhat.

Zane Kirchner continues at full back with Fergus McFadden selected on the left wing for his 120th Leinster cap. On the right wing Dave Kearney starts in place of Luke Fitzgerald who is not involved this weekend.

Gordon D'Arcy and Ben Te'o are once again selected in the centre, while Isaac Boss captains the side from scrumhalf with Jimmy Gopperth, who scored a try and four successful kicks in a 14 point haul last weekend, starting at 10.

In the pack, Richardt Strauss starts at hooker with Tadhg Furlong also coming in from the start at tight head. Michael Bent once again scrums down at loose head prop.

In the second row, Tom Denton starts alongside Kane Douglas who makes his 19th appearance in blue since arriving from the Waratahs in the summer.  In the back row there are two changes with Rhys Ruddock returning from injury to start at blindside flanker, while Josh Van Der Flier makes his second start of the season at open side. It is Ruddock's first start since injuring his arm in the Champions Cup win over Harlequins in December. Jack Conan continues from the base of the scrum.

The game is live on TG4 tomorrow evening with a 7.35pm kick off.


15. Zane Kirchner

14. Fergus McFadden

13. Ben Te'o

12. Gordon D'Arcy

11. Dave Kearney

10. Jimmy Gopperth

9. Isaac Boss CAPTAIN

1. Michael Bent

2. Richardt Strauss

3. Tadhg Furlong

4. Tom Denton

5. Kane Douglas

6. Rhys Ruddock

7. Josh Van Der Flier

8. Jack Conan


16. Aaron Dundon

17. Peter Dooley

18. Royce Burke-Flynn

19. Ben Marshall

20. Dominic Ryan

21. Luke McGrath

22. Noel Reid

23. Darragh Fanning


Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 42nd competition game)

Assistant Referees: Craig Evans, Chris Williams (both WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (WRU)

TMO: Derek Bevan (WRU)

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