Leinster name strong side for Champions Cup clash with Dragons

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 to take on Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup tomorrow evening.

There are a number of changes to the team that faced the Dragons last weekend in the PRO12 with 10 Irish internationals back in the mix.

Rob Kearney starts at fullback with Isa Nacewa captaining the side from the left wing and Adam Byrne on the right wing. The Kildare winger will make his Champions Cup debut having scored five tries so far this season in the PRO12.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose will start in the centre together for the first time since the game against Montpellier.

In the half backs it’s as you were from last weekend with Irish internationals Luke McGrath and Joey Carbery continuing in the nine and ten jerseys.

It’s a new front row with Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong starting.

In the second row, Meath native Devin Toner will win his 50th European cap when he runs out against the Saints. He will have Hayden Triggs for company in the engine room.

Finally in the back row, Sean O’Brien starts at blindside with Josh van der Flier selected at openside and Jamie Heaslip at number eight.

Leinster team: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Adam Byrne, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Isa Nacewa - capt.,10. Joey Carbery, 9. Luke McGrath; 1. Jack McGrath, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Devin Toner, 5. Hayden Triggs, 6. Sean O’Brien, 7. Josh van der Flier 8. Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: 16. James Tracy, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Michael Bent, 19. Rhys Ruddock, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Rory O’Loughlin.

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