Blue on blue: Leinster name full-strength side to face Cardiff

The European champions face the Welsh side at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow evening.

oe Schmidt with Brad Thorn at the Aviva Stadium this morning.
oe Schmidt with Brad Thorn at the Aviva Stadium this morning.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

JOE SCHMIDT HAS announced his starting XV for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues at Lansdowne Rd tomorrow.

Leo Cullen will skipper the side; he’s named in a pack that shows some changes from win over Munster in Limerick last Saturday.

Cullen partners Brad Thorn at second row, with Sean O’Brien coming into the back-row alongside Kevin McLaughlin and number eight Jamie Heaslip.

Eoin Reddan partners Jonathan Sexton while Gordon D’Arcy forms the midfield two with old friend Brian O’Driscoll.

Leinster (v Cardiff Blues): R Kearney, I Nacewa, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald, J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross, L Cullen (c), B Thorn, K McLaughlin, S O’Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, H van der Merwe, N White, D Toner, S Jennings, I Boss, I Madigan, F McFadden.

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