Monday 19 March 2018

Leo Cullen selects Irish international tight-five for Leinster's trip to Edinburgh

Jack McGrath will pack down for Leinster away to Edinburgh Photo: Sportsfile
Jack McGrath will pack down for Leinster away to Edinburgh Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has named an all Irish international tight five and welcomed back skipper Isa Nacewa for tomorrow night’s Pro 12 clash away to Edinburgh at Murrayfield (KO 7 35).

Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Mike Ross comprise a vastly experienced front three, while Mike Ross and Devin Toner will pack down in the engine room as the Blues look to bounce back from last week’s loss to Glasgow.

Nacewa will make his 150th appearance for the club and captains the side on the right wing, and Zane Kirchner moves into full back in place of the injured Rob Kearney, who will miss the coming weeks due to a grade two PCL knee injury picked up against Gregor Townsend’s men.

Dave Kearney completes the back three, while Garry Ringrose and Noel Reid continue in midfield. Scrum-half Jamison-Gibson Park has been handed his first start as a Leinster player and partners the exciting Joe Carberry, who has impressed at 10 thus far this season.

The back row is made up of Ireland internationals Jordi Murphy and Jamie Heaslip at six and eight respectively, while Dan Leavy gets the nod at open-side.

Leinster XV to face Edinburgh

15. Zane Kirchner
14. Isa Nacewa
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Noel Reid
11. Dave Kearney
10. Joey Carbery
9. Jamison Gibson-Park
1. Jack McGrath
2. Sean Cronin
3. Mike Ross
4. Devin Toner
5. Mike McCarthy
6. Jordi Murphy
7. Dan Leavy
8. Jamie Heaslip

16. Bryan Byrne (14)
17. Cian Healy (155)
18. Tadhg Furlong (52)
19. Ross Molony (25)
20. Josh van der Flier (26)
21. Luke McGrath (52)
22. Cathal Marsh (15)
23. Rory O'Loughlin (2)

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