The Leinster team to face Northampton Saints in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (KO: 5pm) has been named…

Leo Cullen leads a Leinster team which is unchanged from the side who defeated Toulouse 32-23 in the Semi Final. Cullen, who lines up alongside Scotland’s Nathan Hines at second row, is one of six Ireland internationals in a pack which includes Sean O’Brien who has scored four tries to date in this year’s competition.

O’Brien starts in the back-row alongside Kevin McLaughlin and number eight Jamie Heaslip. Meanwhile, Cian Healy and Mike Ross are named alongside Richardt Strauss in the front row.

Brian O’Driscoll (who has scored 30 tries in the Heineken Cup) has been named in the starting line up and will partner Gordon D’Arcy at centre in a backline which includes six Ireland internationals.

Jonathan Sexton – who is the tournament’s top points scorer with 110 points to date – partners Eoin Reddan at half back with Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Horgan and Isa Nacewa completing the backline.

Shane Jennings’ inclusion is the only change to the 23-man panel from the Semi Final for what will be the province’s second Heineken Cup Final in three years.


15: Isa Nacewa
14: Shane Horgan
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Eoin Reddan

1: Cian Healy
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Nathan Hines
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Sean O’Brien
8: Jamie Heaslip


16: Jason Harris-Wright
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Stan Wright
19: Devin Toner
20: Shane Jennings
21: Isaac Boss
22: Ian Madigan
23: Fergus McFadden

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: B Foden; C Ashton, J Clarke, J Downey, P Diggin; S Myler, L Dickson; S Tonga’uiha, D Hartley CAPTAIN, B Mujati, C Lawes, C Day, C Clark, P Dowson, R Wilson

REPLACEMENTS: B Sharman, A Waller, T Mercey, M Sorenson, M Easter, S Commins, S Geraghty, J Ansbro

REFEREE: Romain Poite (FFR), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Jerome Garces, Pascal Gauzere (both FFR), 4th OFFICIAL: Nigel Owens (WRU), 5th OFFICIAL: Bernard dal Maso (FFR), TMO: Giulio De Santis (FIR)