Sunday 15 September 2019

Johnny Sexton set to get the nod ahead of Ross Byrne for PRO14 final against Glasgow

Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Johnny Sexton looks set to return to captain Leinster for the PRO14 final against Glasgow Warriors, writes Rúaidhrí O'Connor.

Having given his skipper a rest for the semi-final win over Munster, Leo Cullen is expected to name him at out-half for the Celtic Park clash, with Ross Byrne returning to the bench.

Scott Fardy will come in to the team for the injured Devin Toner, while Rob Kearney is fit again and likely to return to the full-back slot with Jordan Larmour moving to the right wing.

It remains to be seen if Seán O'Brien will get a final farewell before his move to London Irish.

'The Tullow Tank' missed last week's game with a hip injury and was touch and go to make it this week. With Josh van der Flier likely to keep his place after a superb performance against Munster, O'Brien could come on to the bench if fit.

Possible Leinster team to face Glasgow: R Kearney; J Larmour, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, J Lowe; J Sexton (capt), L McGrath; C Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong; S Fardy, J Ryan; R Ruddock, J van der Flier, J Conan.

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