Healy, Ross and Nacewa Return to Starting XV
February 11, 2016 12:00 am client
Ahead of the Captain’s Run in the RDS later this afternoon Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has named his squad to face Zebre tomorrow evening in the RDS in Round 13 of the Guinness PRO12 (Kick Off: 7.30pm – not live on TV).
There are five changes to the team that lost out to the Dragons last time out with three in the pack and two in the backs.
In the pack Cian Healy and Mike Ross return from hamstring and knee injuries respectively to prop down alongside James Tracy, with Ross Molony and Hayden Triggs continuing in the second row.
The back row sees Josh van der Flier return from Ireland camp at open side flanker with Dominic Ryan and Jordi Murphy again selected at blind side and number eight.
In the backs Isa Nacewa returns from a knee injury to captain the side form the left wing with Adam Byrne again starting on the right and Zane Kirchner selected at full back.
Ben Te’o and Garry Ringrose continue in midfield with Isaac Boss partnering Cathal Marsh in the half backs.
Leo Cullen and the returning captain Isa Nacewa will address media later on today in the Centre for Cardiac Risk in Younger Persons in Tallaght Hospital to promote the work of the Leinster Rugby charity partner, Cardiac Risk in the Young (www.cry.ie).
Ticket for the game are still available online from €;15 or from the ticket office on match day from 6pm.
Students can sign up to the new Student Pass at leinsterrugbystudentpass.com for €;10 match day tickets.
Update: The initial Leinster Rugby team announcement stated that Fergus McFadden had been named on the bench and would wear 23 for the game against Zebre. With McFadden selected in the Ireland squad for the 6 Nations game against France, Cian Kelleher has come on to the Leinster bench in McFadden’s place.
LEINSTER (Leinster caps in brackets):
15. Zane Kirchner (56 caps)
14. Adam Byrne (2 caps)
13. Garry Ringrose (11 caps)
12. Ben Te’o (28 caps)
11. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (139 caps)
10. Cathal Marsh (9 caps)
9. Isaac Boss (131 caps)
1. Cian Healy 147 caps)
2. James Tracy (13 caps)
3. Mike Ross (125 caps)
4. Ross Molony (13 caps)
5. Hayden Triggs (5 caps)
6. Dominic Ryan (97 caps)
7. Josh van der Flier (19 caps)
8. Jordi Murphy (69 caps)
16. Sean Cronin (103 caps)
17. Peter Dooley (12 caps)
18. Michael Bent (60 caps)
19. Tom Denton (46 caps)
20. Dan Leavy (9 caps)
21. Luke McGrath (39 caps)
22. Noel Reid (53 caps)
23. Cian Kelleher (5 caps)
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 17th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan, Mark Connolly (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: John Cole (IRFU)