Sunday 22 April 2018

Leinster make six changes for Glasgow clash as Sexton, Healy and Cronin return to starting team

7 October 2017; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster during the Guinness PRO14 Round 6 match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
7 October 2017; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster during the Guinness PRO14 Round 6 match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Cian Healy and Sean Cronin will be tasked with providing the explosive element to destroy Glasgow at Scotstoun in the Champions Cup tomorrow.

Coach Leo Cullen has made six changes from the side that squeezed Montpellier last week in a team led by captain Jonathan Sexton who, as revealed on Independent.ie this morning, returns to the side following a dead leg.

It looks like the defence of Fergus McFadden for Adam Byrne, the next-man-up availability of Noel Reid for injured Isa Nacewa and Sexton’s automatic selection are behind the three alterations to the backline.  

The front row is the most interesting area where the rejuvenated Healy finally gets the nod over the ultra-consistent Jack McGrath.

The introduction of Healy and Cronin, for James Tracy, has all the hallmarks of a power play with new father Scott Fardy coming into the second row beside Devin Toner. 

Wing Byrne and flanker Jordi Murphy drop out as Dave Kearney and fit-again Dan Leavy make bench duty with Cullen resisting the temptation to go with lock James Ryan from the start. 

Leinster: J Carbery; F McFadden, R Henshaw, N Reid, B Daly; J Sexton (capt), L McGrath; C Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, S Fardy, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, J Conan.

Replacements: J Tracy, J McGrath, M Bent, J Ryan, D Leavy; J Gibson-Park, R Byrne, D Kearney.

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