Heaslip returns for Leinster’s first home game

Jamie Heaslip returns as captain as Leinster take on Scarlets in the RDS tomorrow in an afternoon game.

Heaslip returns for Leinster’s first home game

Jamie Heaslip returns as captain as Leinster take on Scarlets in the RDS tomorrow in an afternoon game.

Matt O’Connor’s side will be anxious for a win after last week’s narrow defeat to Glasgow in Scotland and will be boosted by the return of several Ireland internationals.

Rob Kearney and Devin Toner also make their first starts of the campaign, with Kearney at fullback and Toner joining Mike McCarthy in the second row.

Noel Reid will not take part - he is expected to be out for several weeks with the ankle injury he received in the opening minutes of last week’s match.

His replacement against Glasgow, Ian Madigan, starts at inside centre and Brendan Macken is named as outside centre.

The match is in the RDS on Saturday - kick-off at 2.40pm.

Leinster team in full: Rob Kearney, Zane Kirchner, Brendan Macken, Ian Madigan, Darragh Fanning, Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss, Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip - capt.

Replacements: Bryan Byrne,. Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, Ben Marshall, Kevin McLaughlin, Eoin Reddan, Steve Crosbie, Mick McGrath.

Scarlets team in full: Liam Williams, Harry Robinson, Gareth Owen, Scott Williams, Jordan Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhodri Williams, Phil John, Ken Owens - capt, Rhodri Jones, Jake Ball, Johan Snyman, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Rory Pitman

Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Rob Evans, Peter Edwards, Richard Kelly, Rob McCusker, Aled Davies, Steven Shingler, Adam Warren

Tickets are still available at leinsterrugby.ie.

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