LEINSTER COACH JOE Schmidt has named Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald in his starting XV while Brian O’Driscoll is among the replacements for tomorrow’s Heineken Cup showdown with Scarlets.
The trio returned from spells on the sidelines in the win over Edinburgh last weekend but while Fitzgerald and Kearney keep their places in the backline, a centre pairing of Gordon D’Arcy and Fergus McFadden is preferred to O’Driscoll’s inclusion.
Isa Nacewa is back on the wing after recovering from injury but there is no place in the squad for hooker Richardt Strauss. Isaac Boss gets the nod in the half-backs and Jonathan Sexton is named at number 10, meanwhile.
An unchanged front row from their last outing means Cian Healy lines out alongside Sean Cronin and Mike Ross, while captain Leo Cullen partners Devin Toner in the second row and Sean O’Brien, Shane Jennings and Jamie Heaslip make up the back-row.
Leinster : Kearney, Nacewa, McFadden, D’Arcy, Fitzgerald, Sexton, Boss, Healy, Cronin, Ross, Cullen, Toner, O’Brien, Jennings, Heaslip.
Replacements: Dundon, van der Merwe, Bent, Denton, Ruddock, Reddan, Madigan, O’Driscoll.