Rob Kearney returns to Leinster starting line-up for crucial PRO12 game

Rob Kearney returns to Leinster starting line-up for crucial PRO12 game

Rob Kearney starts for Leinster in Friday night's crucial match against Edinburgh at the RDS Arena.

Kearney, who last featured for Leinster in the Champions Cup match away to Wasps in January, starts at full-back. Luke Fitzgerald is named on the left wing with Fergus McFadden completing the back three.

Ben Te'o and Noel Reid start the game as Leinster's midfield pairing, with Luke McGrath and Ian Madigan selected as the provinces starting half-back partnership.

There is an all-new front row for Friday's game with Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross in for Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong, who all started in the win over Munster.

Leinster Academy lock Ross Molony starts in the second row with Mick Kearney, who will make his fifth appearance for the province.

Rhys Ruddock captains Leinster from the back row alongside Josh van der Flier and Jordi Murphy at number eight.

A win over Scotland's capital club could keep Leinster at the top of the PRO12 table with just two rounds of regular season games to go after this weekend's fixtures.

Leinster v Edinburgh at the RDS Arena, Friday April 15 - kick-off 7.35pm.

Leinster team: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Ben Te'o, 12. Noel Reid, 11. Luke Fitzgerald, 10. Ian Madigan, 9. Luke McGrath; 1. Cian Healy, 2. Richardt Strauss, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Ross Molony, 5. Mick Kearney, 6. Rhys Ruddock - capt., 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Peter Dooley,

18. Tadhg Furlong, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Dominic Ryan, 21. Eoin Reddan, 22. Cathal Marsh, 23. Dave Kearney.

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