Leinster team news v Montpellier
January 13, 2017 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
With over 17,000 tickets sold ahead of an expected sold out fixture, Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 to face Montpellier in Round 5 of the Champions Cup tomorrow evening in the RDS Arena (Kick Off: 7.45pm – live on SKY Sports and RTÉ 2FM, Game On).
There are five changes in total from the team that defeated Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 last weekend with one in the backs and four in the pack.
Captain Isa Nacewa comes in to full back but it’s as you were elsewhere.
Adam Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin continue on the wings with Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose again the midfield partnership.
Luke McGrath and Johnny Sexton will again line up in the half backs.
In the front row Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong start this weekend with James Tracy continuing at hooker. Devin Toner and Hayden Triggs again line up in the second row behind them.
In the back row only Jack Conan is retained but he moves to blind side flanker from No. 8 while Josh van der Flier, who missed out on selection last weekend through illness, comes in at open side.
Finally, Jamie Heaslip who scored a try off the bench last weekend, starts this weekend at No. 8.
The last few remaining tickets can be bought at leinsterrugby.ie/tickets as Leinster look to seal their place in the Champions Cup Quarter-Finals.
LEINSTER: (Leinster caps in brackets)
15. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (162)
14. Adam Byrne (12)
13. Garry Ringrose (33)
12. Robbie Henshaw (7)
11. Rory O’Loughlin (12)
10. Johnny Sexton (131)
9. Luke McGrath (63)
1. Jack McGrath (105)
2. James Tracy (30)
3. Tadhg Furlong (60)
4. Devin Toner (191)
5. Hayden Triggs (22)
6. Jack Conan (40)
7. Josh van der Flier (35)
8. Jamie Heaslip (227)
16. Richardt Strauss (136)
17. Cian Healy (165)
18. Michael Bent (75)
19. Ross Molony (32)
20. Dan Leavy (27)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (16)
22. Ross Byrne (12)
23. Rob Kearney (183)
Referee: JP Doyle (Eng), Assistant Ref: Wayne Barnes (Eng), Assistant Ref: Simon McConnell (Eng), TMO: Stuart Terheege (Eng), Citing Commissioner: Stefano Marrama (Ita)