Monday 19 August 2019

Big guns return to Leinster starting team for sold-out clash against Ulster

Jamie Heaslip and (inset) Garry Ringrose
Jamie Heaslip and (inset) Garry Ringrose

Leo Cullen has brought back some big names for Leinster's Pro12 battle against Ulster in the RDS tomorrow.

In total, Leinster have made a total of 12 changes from the side who lost to Munster last week with Garry Ringrose, Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Devin Toner, Sean O'Brien, Josh van der Flier and Jamie Heaslip among the big hitters back in the starting 15.

The RDS showdown is an 18,200 sell-out and kick off is at 3pm.

Ulster, meanwhile, recall Andrew Trimble after he recovered from a foot injury while Paul Marshall, Darren Cave and Tommy Bowe - all on the bench against Connacht last week - make the starting 15.

Rob Herring, Franco van der Merwe and Sean Reidy all get the nod in the forwards line.

LEINSTER

(Leinster caps in brackets)

15. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (161)

14. Adam Byrne (10)

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13. Garry Ringrose (31)

12. Noel Reid (72)

11. Rory O’Loughlin (10)

10. Ross Byrne (10)

9. Luke McGrath (61)

1. Jack McGrath (103)

2. Sean Cronin (123)

3. Michael Bent (73)

4. Devin Toner (189)

5. Hayden Triggs (20)

6. Sean O’Brien (107)

7. Josh van der Flier (34)

8. Jamie Heaslip (225)

 

16. Richardt Strauss (135)

17. Andrew Porter (4)

18. Jeremy Loughman (4)

19. Mick Kearney (15)

20. Jack Conan (38)

21. Jamison Gibson-Park (14)

22. Tom Daly (4)

23. Zane Kirchner (76)

 

Ulster

(15-9): C Piutau, A Trimble, D Cave, S McCloskey, T Bowe, R Pienaar, P Marshall;

(1-8): A Warwick, R Herring (captain), R Ah You, K Treadwell, F van der Merwe, C Ross, S Reidy, R Wilson;

Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, C Black, J Simpson, P Browne, C Henry, B Herron, L Ludik, J Stockdale.

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