The Leinster team to face Ulster in this evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 Final in the RDS (KO: 4.45pm) has been named…
Isa Nacewa will make his 126th and final Leinster appearance on Saturday and he starts in an outside back line which features Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney. McFadden’s positional switch caters for the return of Brian O’Driscoll who starts alongside Ian Madigan at centre.
Isaac Boss makes his 25th appearance of the season and will partner Jonathan Sexton at half-back and the Ireland out-half will earn his 110th provincial cap (having scored 1,013 points to date).
Up front, Cian Healy and Richardt Strauss return to the starting line-up after coming on as replacements in the Amlin Challenge Cup final victory last weekend.
The team will be led by the returning Leo Cullen who partners Devin Toner at second row. Kevin McLaughlin, meanwhile, returns to the back-row in place of Sean O’Brien (bruised knee) who has failed to recover from injury.
McLaughlin will form an experienced back-row unit alongside Shane Jennings – who is set to make his 175th appearance – and number eight Jamie Heaslip.
The Official Leinster Supporters Club (OLSC) have published details of the following locations where Saturday’s final will be shown:
Ireland & UK – Live on RTE2, TG4, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Alba and BBC Wales from 4.45pm Saturday
Italy – Live on SportItalia from 5.45pm CET Saturday
Middle East – Live on OSN Sports 4 from 6.45pm KSA Saturday
Australia – Live on Setanta Australia from 1.45am ET Sunday
Africa – Live on Setanta Africa from 5.45pm CAT Saturday
Asia – Live on Setanta Asia from 11.45pm HKT Saturday
Canada – Live on Sportsnet World from 12.45pm Saturday
New Zealand – Delayed on The Rugby Channel from 4.30am Sunday
USA – Delayed on Fox Soccer Plus from 12 Noon ET Saturday
USA – Live on Fox Soccer 2 Go from 11.45am ET Saturday
Radio – Live on RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk FM (On air, online and via smartphone app)
The OLSC bases in London (Porterhouse Covent Garden), Birmingham (Oh Velvet), Dubai (McGettigans) and Sydney (The Gaelic Club) are all showing the game live.
Delayed screenings will take place at the above times in New York (Madhatter Saloon) and Christchurch (Monza Sports Bar).
The OLSC also produces Blue Planet, a directory of rugby friendly venues around the world who often show games, which is available HERE
15: Rob Kearney
14: Fergus McFadden
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Ian Madigan
11: Isa Nacewa
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Isaac Boss
1: Cian Healy
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Devin Toner
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip
16: Sean Cronin
17: Jack McGrath
18: Jamie Hagan
19: Quinn Roux
20: Rhys Ruddock
21: John Cooney
22: Andrew Goodman
23: Andrew Conway
ULSTER: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, S Olding, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller CAPTAIN, D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams
REPLACEMENTS: R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, I Henderson, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, P Nelson
REFEREE: John Lacey (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: George Clancy, Peter Fitzgibbon (both IRFU), 4th & 5th OFFICIALS: Leo Colgan, Olly Hodges (both IRFU), TMO: Dermot Moloney (IRFU)