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Injury keeps Nacewa out of Pro12 fnal, but Rob Kearney returns just in time
The fullback was struggling with an ankle injury since the final day win over Treviso, but was named in Ireland’s squad for South Africa this week.

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen has made two changes to his team for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 Grand Final against Connacht in Murrayfield (kick-off 17.30, Sky Sports).

Captain and leading try-scorer Isa Nacewa misses out on the curtain-closer in Edinburgh with an arm injury sustained in the win over Ulster last weekend. Rob Kearney, who returned to training this week after a fortnight out with an ankle injury, comes straight back into the starting line-up at fullback.

Rob Kearney Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO Lorraine O'Sullivan / INPHO / INPHO

There is no place for Fergus McFadden after his return from suspension as the rest of the back-line on the field and bench remains unchanged.

Ex-Connacht man Mick Kearney starts in the second row alongside Ross Molony. Devin Toner is not in the 23 for personal reasons which Leo Cullen is likely to address at this afternoon’s press conference in Edinburgh. Hayden Triggs comes in among the replacements along side Ian Madigan who will hope to make his final appearance for his home province before setting off for France.

Leinster team to face Connacht in the Pro12 Grand Final

15. Rob Kearney
14. Dave Kearney
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Ben Te’o
11. Luke Fitzgerald
10. Jonathan Sexton
9. Eoin Reddan

1. Jack McGrath
2. Richardt Strauss
3. Mike Ross
4. Ross Molony
5. Mick Kearney
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Jamie Heaslip (Captain)

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin
17. Peter Dooley
18. Tadhg Furlong
19. Hayden Triggs
20. Jack Conan
21. Luke McGrath
22. Ian Madigan
23. Zane Kirchner

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