D'Arcy and Boss start for Leinster

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has named his side for Friday night’s Heineken Cup match against Racing-Métro 92 at the Stade Yves du Manoir, kick-off 8pm.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has named his side for Friday night’s Heineken Cup match against Racing-Métro 92 at the Stade Yves du Manoir, kick-off 8pm.

Shane Jennings will make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance and will be the 14th Leinster player to have reached the landmark combining his games for Leinster (32 caps) and Leicester Tigers (17).

Gordon D’Arcy starts at centre alongside Brian O’Driscoll having overcome the calf strain which ruled him out of the Saracens match, while in the only other change to the back-line, Irish international Isaac Boss partners Jonathan Sexton at half-back.

In the pack, fresh from his call up into the Ireland Six Nations squad, Rhys Ruddock comes into the back-row alongside Sean O’Brien and Jennings, who both committed their futures to the province earlier this week.

Mike Ross, who also won a call-up to the national squad, starts in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Cian Healy.

A doubt remains on Eoin O’Malley due to illness and a decision on his availability will be made closer to kick-off.

A win of any kind over the French club would guarantee Leinster a home quarter final in the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Racing-Metro 92 coach Pierre Berbezier has named his side for the clash in Paris.

Juan Martin Hernandez is named at out half, but Springbok full back Francois Steyn and French lock Lionel Nallet are named on the bcnch while Sebastian Chabal is not even in the matchday squad.

Leinster: Isa Nacewa; Shane Horgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross; Leo Cullen (C), Nathan Hines; Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings, Sean O’Brien

Replacements: Jason Harris-Wright, Heinke van der Merwe, Clint Newland, Devin Toner, Dominic Ryan, Eoin Reddan, Eoin O’Malley / Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden

Racing-Métro: Dan Scarbrough; Benjamin Fall, Virimi Vakatawa, Andrea Masi; Julien Saubade; Juan Martin Hernandez, Nicolas Durand; Alvaro Galindo, Bernard Le Roux, Remi Vaquiin, Francois van der Merwe, Santiago Dellape; Scott Zimmermann, Gregory Arganese, Julien Brugnaut.

Replacements: Benjamin Noirot, Andrea Lo Cicero, Benjamin Sa, Lionel Nallet, 20 Mathieu Loree, François Steyn, Jacques Cronje, Antoine Batut.

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