The Leinster Rugby squad for this season’s Champions Cup campaign has been announced.

Leinster Rugby’s European campaign begins at home in the RDS Arena on 15th October, with Castres the visitors.

The French side currently sit in 9th spot in the Top 14 table, with three wins, one draw and three defeats from the opening seven rounds.

However, only three teams have scored more points and more tries than Castres in the Top 14 so far this season. Argentinian out-half Benjamin Urdapilleta has been a key man for Castres supplying 95 of their 179 points in the Top 14.

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After Castres, Leinster travel to face Montpellier – currently 4th in the Top 14 table. Montpellier boast one of the best defences in the Top 14, conceding just 124 points (a league best) and 10 tries (tied best with Castres and Toulouse) in their opening seven games.

After the European break, Leinster face a familiar foe in back-to-back games in December. On 9th December Leinster will travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face Northampton Saints before welcoming the Aviva Premiership side to Aviva Stadium the following weekend.

Tickets for Leinster v Northampton Saints at Aviva Stadium go on sale next week.

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Leinster squad – Champions Cup 2016/17

Forwards (25)

Michael Bent
Bryan Byrne
Jack Conan
Sean Cronin
Peter Dooley
Tadhg Furlong
Cian Healy
Jamie Heaslip
Mick Kearney
Dan Leavy
Mike McCarthy
Jack McGrath
Ross Molony
Jordi Murphy
Ian Nagle
Sean O’Brien
Andrew Porter*
Mike Ross
Rhys Ruddock
Dominic Ryan
Richardt Strauss
Devin Toner
James Tracy
Hayden Triggs
Josh van der Flier

Backs (16)

Adam Byrne
Joey Carbery*
Jamison Gibson-Park
Robbie Henshaw
Dave Kearney
Rob Kearney
Zane Kirchner
Cathal Marsh
Nick McCarthy*
Fergus McFadden
?Luke McGrath
Isa Nacewa
Rory O’Loughlin*
Noel Reid
Garry Ringrose
Johnny Sexton

* = Leinster Academy 

The new Leinster European jersey, created by Canterbury, is on sale now from Life Style Sports.