Te’o handed senior Leinster debut against Edinburgh

Te’o handed senior Leinster debut against Edinburgh
Ben Te'o

Matt O’Connor has made eight changes to the side that beat Castres last weekend as Leinster resume their PRO12 campaign against Edinburgh in the RDS tomorrow night.

In the front row Michael Bent switches to loosehead and Tadhg Furlong replaces him at tighthead, while Richard Strauss starts at hooker.

Kane Douglas keeps his place in the second row, but is joined this week by Tom Denton in his first start of the season.

Kevin O’Loughlin is back to captain the side in his first appearance since he was sidelined with a knee injury in September. He starts at blindside flanker, with dominic Ryan at openside and Jack Conan starting at number eight.

Zane Kirchner starts again at fullback and the wingers are also unchanged from last weekend with Darragh Fanning on the right and Luke Fitzgerald on the left.

Ben Te’o makes his senior debut at outside centre and is partnered with Noel Reid. Luke McGrath is selected at scrum half and Jimmy Gopperth is at number ten.

Leinster team in full: Zane Kirchner, Darragh Fanning, Ben Te'o, Noel Reid, Luke Fitzgerald, Jimmy Gopperth, Luke McGrath, Michael Bent, Richardt Strauss, Tadhg Furlong, Tom Denton, Kane Douglas, Kevin McLaughlin - capt, Dominic Ryan, Jack Conan

Replacements: Bryan Byrne, Ed Byrne, Peter Dooley, Ben Marshall, Dan Leavy, Isaac Boss, Steve Crosbie, Mick McGrath

The match kicks off at 7.35pm on Friday October 31 at the RDS Arena.

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