Leinster 23 to face Scarlets announced
May 18, 2017 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
Leinster Rugby head coach Leo Cullen has announced his match day 23 to take on Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final tomorrow evening in the RDS Arena (Kick Off: 7.45pm – live on SKY Sports, TG4 and RTÉ 2FM).
Cullen has recalled a number of players that missed out on the Round 22 trip to the Kingspan Stadium and a few others that were out through injury have also returned to the match day squad.
Joey Carbery is selected at full back with Adam Byrne starting on the right wing and captain Isa Nacewa on the left for his 170th cap.
Robbie Henshaw has recovered from injury to take his place in the centre with Garry Ringrose outside him in the number 13 jersey.
Luke McGrath, winning his 75th cap, and Johnny Sexton are the half back combination for the knock out game with a place in the Guinness PRO12 Final on Saturday week in the Aviva Stadium at stake.
In the pack British & Irish Lions Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong are selected at loose head and tight head prop with James Tracy at hooker.
Ross Molony starts in the second row with Hayden Triggs beside him starting his final game in the RDS Arena before he retires at the end of the season.
Finally in the back row Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier are selected on the flanks with Jack Conan at number eight.
Zane Kirchner will be making his final appearance in the RDS Arena tomorrow evening should he be introduced.
UPDATE: Seán O’Brien has been ruled out of the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final through injury – read the full update. Ross Byrne takes his place on the bench and Jamison Gibson-Park will now wear the number 21 shirt. This change is reflected in the team below which was originally announced at 12pm on Thursday, 18th May.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Joey Carbery (22)
14. Adam Byrne (23)
13. Garry Ringrose (38)
12. Robbie Henshaw (12)
11. Isa Nacewa (169) CAPTAIN
10. Johnny Sexton (135)
9. Luke McGrath (74)
1. Jack McGrath (112)
2. James Tracy (41)
3. Tadhg Furlong (66)
4. Ross Molony (44)
5. Hayden Triggs (30)
6. Rhys Ruddock (130)
7. Josh van der Flier (45)
8. Jack Conan (50)
16. Richardt Strauss (146)
17. Cian Healy (171)
18. Michael Bent (86)
19. Devin Toner (197)
20. Dan Leavy (38)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (28)
22. Ross Byrne (22)
23. Zane Kirchner (87)
Referee: Marius Mitrea (ITA)