Schmidt selects young side for Ospreys trip

Leinster coach Josef Schmidt has named an inexperienced line-up for Sunday’s Magners League clash with the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. (kick-off 5pm)

Leinster coach Josef Schmidt has named an inexperienced line-up for Sunday’s Magners League clash with the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. (kick-off 5pm)

Both teams have been severely weakened due to international call-ups for the final weekend of the Autumn series.

Former Irish U20 star Andrew Conway joins Isa Naweca and Shane Horgan in the back three while Eoin O’Malley and Fergus McFadden renew their centre partnership in the absence of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordan D’Arcy.

Ian Madigan, another recent Leinster academy graduate, partners Isaac Boss at half-back.

Jason Harris-Wright gets a rare start at hooker and will pack down with recent signing Clint Newland in the front row.

Leo Cullen will lead the team from the engine room alongside former Queensland and Ulster lock Ed O’Donoghue

Meanwhile, Ospreys coach Sean Holley has named his side to face Leinster.

Dan Biggar, who played for Wales against Fiji last weekend, leads a depleted back line without the services of Lee Byrne, Tommy Bowe, Shane Williams, Nikki Walker, James Hook, Andrew Bishop and Mike Philips due to international duty.

The Welsh region can, however, still rely on the services of ex-All Blacks Marty Holah and Jerry Collins in the backrow.

Leinster (v Ospreys): Isa Nacewa; Shane Horgan, Eoin O’Malley, Fergus McFadden, Andrew Conway; Ian Madigan, Isaac Boss; Heinke van der Merwe, Jason Harris-Wright, Clint Newland, Leo Cullen (C), Ed O’Donoghue; Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh

Subs: Tom Sexton, Jack McGrath, Mike Ross, Eoin Sheriff, Rhys Ruddock, Paul O’Donohoe, Ian McKinley, Dave Kearney

Ospreys (v Leinster) : Barry Davies; Gareth Owen, Sonny Parker, Ashley Beck, Richard Fussell; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Duncan Jones, Richard Hibbard, Craig Mitchell; Ian Gough, Ian Evans; Justin Tipuric, Marty Holah, Jerry Collins (C)

Subs: Mefin Davies, Joe Rees, Cai Griffiths, James Goode, Tom Smith, Jamie Nutbrown, Matthew Morgan, Tom Isaacs

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