Sexton Back to Captain Leinster
December 7, 2018 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to face Bath Rugby in Round 3 of the Heineken Champions Cup has been named by Head Coach Leo Cullen.
Cullen’s men face Bath tomorrow at the Rec with a 3.15pm kick-off (live on BT Sport & Newstalk).
There is a return for a host of Irish internationals and a welcome return from injury for a number of players.
Rob Kearney starts at full back with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.
In the centre Noel Reid partners Garry Ringrose, while in the half backs Luke McGrath starts at nine with captain Johnny Sexton outside him at ten.
In the front row Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong are named with Devin Toner and James Ryan completing the tight five.
In the back row Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and the fit again Dan Leavy complete the pack.
On the bench Carlow’s Ed Byrne is in line to make his European debut. The 25 year old, who made his Leinster debut in 2014, has though been blighted by injury and missed 28 months with two separate knee injuries.
The loosehead prop has though been on a good run of form and games over the last 12 months with 23 games played in that time.
Rory O’Loughlin is also back from injury to take his place amongst the replacements.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Rob Kearney (202)
14. Jordan Larmour (28)
13. Garry Ringrose (55)
12. Noel Reid (106)
11. James Lowe (20)
10. Johnny Sexton (153) CAPTAIN
9. Luke McGrath (102)
1. Cian Healy (197)
2. Seán Cronin (160)
3. Tadhg Furlong (91)
4. Devin Toner (224)
5. James Ryan (21)
6. Rhys Ruddock (149)
7. Josh van der Flier (66)
8. Dan Leavy (58)
16. James Tracy (77)
17. Ed Byrne (30) – European debut
18. Andrew Porter (39)
19. Ross Molony (71)
20. Jack Conan (80)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (59)
22. Ross Byrne (57)
23. Rory O’Loughlin (48)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)