Six Changes for Leinster Ahead of Trip to France
January 19, 2018 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has announced his match day 23 to take on Montpellier tomorrow in the Altrad Stadium in the final pool game in this season’s Champions Cup (Kick Off: 1.00pm (Irish) – live on SKY Sports and RTÉ Radio).
In total there are six changes to the starting XV from last weekend against Glasgow Warriors while there is also a welcome return from injury for Joey Carbery on the bench.
Rob Kearney comes into the team at full back, with Jordan Larmour moving from the 15 jersey to the right wing. James Lowe is again selected on the left wing having scored a try on his European debut last week against Glasgow Warriors.
In the centre once again captain Isa Nacewa is joined by Westmeath man Robbie Henshaw.
There’s a new half back combination with Ross Byrne at outhalf for his 12th start of the season with Jamison Gibson-Park partnering him at scrumhalf.
As a result Luke McGrath starts from the bench while Cullen also confirmed that Johnny Sexton was fit and available for selection but won’t make the trip to France.
In the pack Cian Healy comes in and joins fellow Irish internationals Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong in the front row, while behind them James Ryan comes in to partner Devin Toner for his second Champions Cup start of the season in only his 10th appearance for Leinster. His other start was also against Montpellier in the RDS Arena in October.
Finally in the back row Dan Leavy starts this weekend at blindside flanker with Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan completing the pack.
The aforementioned Carbery is selected on the bench and is back for his first Leinster involvement since starting at full back against Glasgow Warriors in Round 2 of the Champions Cup.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Rob Kearney (192)
14. Jordan Larmour (13)
13. Robbie Henshaw (21)
12. Isa Nacewa (178) CAPTAIN
11. James Lowe (4)
10. Ross Byrne (40)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (42)
1. Cian Healy (183)
2. Seán Cronin (144)
3. Tadhg Furlong (77)
4. Devin Toner (210)
5. James Ryan (9)
6. Dan Leavy (48)
7. Josh van der Flier (59)
8. Jack Conan (66)
16. Bryan Byrne (21)
17. Jack McGrath (124)
18. Andrew Porter (21)
19. Ross Molony (54)
20. Jordi Murphy (98)
21. Luke McGrath (87)
22. Joey Carbery (29)
23. Fergus McFadden (163)
Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)