Tuesday 28 January 2020

O'Brien returns as Leinster take to Tallaght

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor
Sean O’Brien in action during Leinster training in UCD Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

MATT O'CONNOR has included Ireland stars Sean O'Brien and Cian Healy in his side for tonight's final pre-season game against Ulster as Leinster welcome back a number of big guns.

Both forwards were rested for Ireland summer tour of Argentina and will be looking to hit the ground running ahead of the Guinness Pro12 campaign kick-off.

O'Brien will captain Leinster from No8, with Fergus McFadden and Noel Reid also back in action having played against the Pumas, while Ian Madigan may see action from the bench at Tallaght Stadium (4.0).

Healy is joined in the front-row by international colleague Mike Ross and promising hooker Bryan Byrne, while Kevin McLaughlin starts in the second-row alongside Mike McCarthy.

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss welcomes Stuart Olding back after the youngster missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury.

He'll partner Ireland prospect Jared Payne in the centre, while Dan Tuohy partners Springbok Franco van der Merwe in the second-row.

Ulster face the Scarlets in next week's season opener next Saturday, while Leinster travel to Glasgow Warriors.

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