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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Leinster call on returning internationals for Exeter clash

Leo Cullen has named a strong starting XV for the Champions Cup encounter.

Rob Kearney is back in the starting XV.
Rob Kearney is back in the starting XV.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

LEO CULLEN HAS named his starting XV for Leinster’s European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 clash in Sandy Park [kick off: 5.30pm, live on BT Sport].

The Leinster boss has been able to recall a number of players who have been on international duty with Rob Kearney coming into the 15 jersey and Fergus McFadden and captain Isa Nacewa on the right and left wing respectively.

After overcoming a hamstring injury, Robbie Henshaw lines up at centre inside Garry Ringrose for the first time this season while Johnny Sexton and Luke McGrath form the half-back pairing.

In the pack Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong complete an experienced looking front row with the returning Devin Toner alongside the 39-times capped Australian Scott Fardy in the second.

Rhys Ruddock starts at blind side with Seán O’Brien selected at open side; Jack Conan will wear number eight.

On the bench Leinster Academy back Jordan Larmour is involved in a European match day squad for the first time in his career.

The 20-year-old has so far scored three tries in eight Guinness PRO14 appearances.

Leinster XV to play Exeter Chiefs

15. Rob Kearney
14. Fergus McFadden
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Isa Nacewa (Captain)
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Luke McGrath

1. Cian Healy
2. Seán Cronin
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. Scott Fardy
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Seán O’Brien
8. Jack Conan

16. James Tracy
17. Jack McGrath
18. Michael Bent
19. James Ryan
20. Josh van der Flier
21. Jamison Gibson-Park
22. Ross Byrne
23. Jordan Larmour

Referee: Romain Poite.

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