LEINSTER COACH MATT O’Connor has made 10 changes to his starting XV ahead of the RaboDirect Pro12 fixture against the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS tomorrow evening [KO 8.00pm].
Fergus McFadden returns for the province after recent Six Nations involvement on the bench with Ireland. The 27-year-old will make his first start of the season at outside centre, replacing Brendan Macken.
Elsewhere in the backline, fellow Ireland international Ian Madigan is picked at out-half, completing a halfback partnership with Eoin Reddan. Luke Fitzgerald continues on the left wing, from where his performance will be closely studied by Joe Schmidt.
In the front row, Martin Moore, Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin start; all three will be eager to get extended game time under their belts after benching for Ireland in recent weeks.
Captain Leo Cullen is paired in the second row with Mike McCarthy, while Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings and Jordi Murphy make up a powerful-looking back row.
Mike Ross is a notable inclusion on the bench, particularly after starting all three of Ireland’s Six Nations games so far. The 34-year-old is joined there by the likes of Richardt Strauss, Isaac Boss and Jimmy Gopperth.
Leinster (v Glasgow Warriors): Zane Kirchner; Darragh Fanning, Fergus McFadden, Noel Reid, Luke Fitzgerald; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Martin Moore; Leo Cullen (capt.), Mike McCarthy; Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings; Jordi Murphy.
Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Michael Bent, Mike Ross, Tom Denton, Dominic Ryan, Isaac Boss, Jimmy Gopperth, Darren Hudson.