The Leinster team to face Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup final in Twickenham (KO: 5pm) has been named…

Leo Cullen leads the province and he starts at second row alongside Brad Thorn, with Kevin McLaughlin joining Ireland colleagues Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien in the back row. Cian Healy starts in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross, who makes his 65th appearance for the province.

Eoin Reddan links up with Jonathan Sexton at half back, while Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy – who will make his 86th European appearance and in doing so become the joint fifth most capped European player of all time – form the centre partnership.

Rob Kearney, who has scored six tries in eight Heineken Cup appearances so far this year, has also recovered from injury to take his place in the back three alongside Fergus McFadden and Isa Nacewa.


15: Rob Kearney
14: Fergus McFadden
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Isa Nacewa
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Eoin Reddan

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


16: Sean Cronin
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Nathan White
19: Devin Toner
20: Shane Jennings
21: Isaac Boss
22: Ian Madigan
23: David Kearney

ULSTER: Stefan Terblanche; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaarl Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller CAPTAIN, Dan Tuohy, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry, Pedrie Wannenburg

REPLACEMENTS: Nigel Brady, Paddy McAllister, Declan Fitzpatrick, Lewis Stevenson, Willie Faloon, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Adam D’Arcy

REFEREE: Nigel Owens (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Romain Poite, Jerome Garces (both FFR), 4th OFFICIAL: Leighton Hodges (WRU), 5th OFFICIAL: Neil Hennessy (WRU), TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)