Big guns back for Leinster

Gordon D’Arcy, Rob Kearney, Eoin Reddan and Rhys Ruddock will start for Leinster for the first time this season in Saturday’s Magners League clash at the Stadio di Monigo (kick off: 6.05pm Irish time, LIVE on TG4).

Ian Madigan is retained at fly-half with Jonathan Sexton absent from the bench. Isa Nacewa stands out as the obvious back-up for the pivotal position.

Cian Healy comes into the front row after making a second half appearance last weekend to partner John Fogarty and Mike Ross, while Ruddock forms a back-row partnership with Sean O’Brien and skipper Shane Jennings.

LEINSTER (v Treviso):

15: Rob Kearney

14: Isa Nacewa

13: Eoin O’Malley

12: Gordon D’Arcy

11: Luke Fitzgerald

10: Ian Madigan

9: Eoin Reddan

1: Cian Healy

2: John Fogarty

3: Mike Ross

4: Nathan Hines

5: Ed O’Donoghue

6: Rhys Ruddock

7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN

8: Sean O’Brien.

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Richardt Strauss

17: Heinke van der Merwe

18: Simon Shawe

19: Mariano Galarza

20: Stephen Keogh

21: Isaac Boss

22: Fergus McFadden

23: David Kearney.

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