Sexton Captains Leinster as Henshaw Returns
April 20, 2018 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to face the Scarlets in the Semi-Final of the Champions Cup tomorrow in the Aviva Stadium has been announced by Head Coach Leo Cullen (Kick Off: 3.30pm – live on SKY Sports & Newstalk Radio).
With over 47,000 tickets sold, the last remaining tickets are still on sale via Ticketmaster HERE.
In the backs, Rob Kearney starts in the number 15 jersey with Fergus McFadden on the right wing and Isa Nacewa on the left.
Robbie Henshaw returns from injury to play his first game for Leinster since the Round 6 game away to Montpellier in January. Garry Ringrose is outside him in the number 13 shirt to renew the combination that worked so well against Exeter Chiefs in Rounds 3 and 4.
Jamison Gibson-Park is joined in the half backs by captain Johnny Sexton.
In the pack, Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong start in the front row with Devin Toner and James Ryan behind them in the second row.
It’s the same back row that started against Saracens in the Quarter-Final with Scott Fardy, Dan Leavy and Jordi Murphy selected.
On the bench there is a welcome return from injury for Jack Conan while Jordan Larmour is also back in a European match day squad having missed the Quarter-Final through injury.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Rob Kearney (194)
14. Fergus McFadden (168)
13. Garry Ringrose (46)
12. Robbie Henshaw (22)
11. Isa Nacewa (181)
10. Johnny Sexton (145) CAPTAIN
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (48)
1. Cian Healy (186)
2. Seán Cronin (148)
3. Tadhg Furlong (80)
4. Devin Toner (213)
5. James Ryan (11)
6. Scott Fardy (18)
7. Dan Leavy (51)
8. Jordi Murphy (103)
16. James Tracy (61)
17. Jack McGrath (128)
18. Andrew Porter (25)
19. Ross Molony (62)
20. Jack Conan (69)
21. Nick McCarthy (24)
22. Joey Carbery (33)
23. Jordan Larmour (17)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)