The Leinster team to face the Cardiff Blues in Saturday’s opening Magners League clash of the season in the Arms Park (KO: 6.30pm, Setanta Ireland / S4C) has been named.
Isa Nacewa will make his debut for the province after being named in an unchanged line-up from the side that started last weekend’s 48-19 friendly victory over the Queensland Reds.
Nacewa is named in a backline that includes Brian O’Driscoll and Felipe Contepomi who will resume their centre partnership. Ireland internationals Shane Horgan and Rob Kearney have been named on either wing. Chris Whitaker captains the side.
In the pack, Cameron Jowitt is named in a dynamic-looking back-row alongside Ireland internationals Shane Jennings and number eight Jamie Heaslip.
Meanwhile, Leinster Academy graduate Sean O’Brien could be one of two potential debutants should he be called upon in the Welsh capital alongside summer signing, former Ireland ‘A’ captain, hooker John Fogarty.
Prop Stephen Knoop has recovered from illness to take his place on the strong replacements bench which includes Ireland trio Trevor Hogan, Luke Fitzgerald and Girvan Dempsey.