Thursday 22 August 2019

Good news for Leinster as Rob Kearney returns to starting line-up

Leinster's Rob Kearney arrives for squad training
Leinster's Rob Kearney arrives for squad training

Ireland's Rob Kearney will return to the Leinster team as they bid to put their Champions Cup disappointment behind them when they face Ulster in the Guinness Pro12 in the RDS on Friday night.

This is Kearney's first appearance since that game against Scarlets earlier this month. Zane Kirchner, winning his 50th cap for the province, is on the right win with Luke Fitzgerald completing the back three.

In a change to the half-back pairing from last weekend Luke McGrath comes in at scrum-half to partner Johnny Sexton in place of Isaac Boss.

There are four changes to Leinster's front eight from the defeat to Bath: Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong starts after featuring for Leinster 'A' last week, Mike McCarthy comes in to replace Hayden Triggs, and Josh van der Flier starts in the back row after his try-scoring debut in the Champions Cup.

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