Saturday 20 January 2018

Luke Fitzgerald back in Leinster team to face Ulster

Luke Fitzgerald. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile
Luke Fitzgerald. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Luke Fitzgerald is back in the Leinster starting team to face Ulster in tomorrow night's sold-out clash.

Rob Kearney has failed to recover sufficiently from his ankle injury that forced him to go off against Treviso last week so Fitzgerald returns to the left wing with Isa Nacewa captaining the side from full back. With Fitzgerald starting on the left, that also means a change for Dave Kearney who now starts on the right wing.

Ben Te'o and Garry Ringrose are Cullen's centre pairing for the 12th time this season as Te'o starts for his last time in the RDS before his summer move to the Premiership.

At half back Eoin Reddan and Johnny Sexton start as Sexton makes his 125th appearnace in blue. The St. Mary's man has scored 1,110 points to date and is in second place on the all time point scorers list with Felipe Contepomi on top with 1,225.

Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross are once again selected to start in the front row. Strauss scored two tries last time out and Friday will be his 130th Leinster cap.

Behind them Devin Toner and Mick Kearney will start in the second row with Rhys Ruddock, Jordi Murphy and Jamie Heaslip completing the pack.

There are a few changes on the bench with Jack Conan returning from injury for his first game since February, while Ian Madigan and Zane Kirchner are also back into the mix with Blackrock College man Madigan also playing his plast game at the RDS.

Should he be involved, Wexford man Tadhg Furlong will win his 50th cap for Leinster off the bench.

With the game sold out and with three other events on in the RDS tomorrow evening, supporters are encouraged to use public transport where possible as parking will be limited in and around the ground.

LEINSTER (Leinster caps in bracket):

15. Isa Nacewa (148) CAPTAIN

14. Dave Kearney (101)

13. Garry Ringrose (20)

12. Ben Te'o (38)

11. Luke Fitzgerald (152)

10. Johnny Sexton (124)

9. Eoin Reddan (138)

1. Jack McGrath (93)

2. Richard Strauss (129)

3. Mike Ross (133)

4. Devin Toner (181)

5. Mick Kearney (7)

6. Rhys Ruddock (111)

7. Jordi Murphy (78)

8. Jamie Heaslip (215)


16. Sean Cronin (112)

17. Peter Dooley (19)

18. Tadhg Furlong (49)

19. Ross Molony (21)

20. Jack Conan (29)

21. Luke McGrath (48)

22. Ian Madigan (145)

23. Zane Kirchner (63)

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