The Leinster team to face ASM Clermont Auvergne in Sunday’s Heineken Cup semi-final in the Stade Chaban-Delmas (KO: 4pm local time, 3pm Irish time) has been named…

*Sunday’s semi final will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 all wavelengths and Digital radio and is available worldwide on the RTE website where Michael Corcoran will be joined by Donal Lenihan.

Gordon D’Arcy partners Brian O’Driscoll at centre with Luke Fitzgerald joining Isa Nacewa – who will make his 99th Leinster appearance – and Rob Kearney in the back three. Isaac Boss links up with Jonathan Sexton – who has scored 77 points to date in this year’s competition – at half back.

Twenty-four-year-old Clontarf prop Cian Healy, who makes his 94th Leinster career appearance and his 36th in Europe, starts in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross.

Leo Cullen leads the team and partners All Black Brad Thorn at lock, with Shane Jennings joining fellow Ireland internationals Sean O’Brien and the returning Jamie Heaslip in the back row.


15: Lee Byrne
14: Sitiveni Sivivatu
13: Aurélien Rougerie CAPTAIN
12: Wesley Fofana
11: Julien Malzieu
10: Brock James
9. Morgan Parra

1: Lionel Faure
2: Benjamin Kayser
3: Davit Zirakashvili
4: Jamie Cudmore
5: Nathan Hines
6: Julien Bonnaire
7: Alexandre Lapandry
8: Elvis Vermeulen


16: Ti’i Paulo
17: Vincent Debaty
18: Daniel Kotze
19: Julien Pierre
20: Julien Bardy
21: Ludovic Radoslavjevic
22: Regan King
23: Jean-Marcel Buttin


15: Rob Kearney
14: Isa Nacewa
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Isaac Boss

1: Cian Healy
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Brad Thorn
6: Sean O’Brien
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip


16: Sean Cronin
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Nathan White
19: Devin Toner
20: Kevin McLaughlin
21: Eoin Reddan
22: Ian Madigan
23: Fergus McFadden

REFEREE: Wayne Barnes (RFU),  ASSISTANT REFEREES: Nigel Owens (WRU), David Pearson (RFU), 4th OFFICIAL: JP Doyle (RFU), 5th OFFICIAL: Peter Huckle (RFU), TMO: Geoff Warren (RFU)