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Byrne handed his Champions Cup debut as Leinster head for Northampton

Leo Cullen welcomes Irish internationals back for Pool 4 clash.

Byrne: five tries in four Pro12 starts this season.
Byrne: five tries in four Pro12 starts this season.
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ADAM BYRNE WILL make his Champions Cup debut tomorrow evening when Leinster travel to take on Northampton Saints in Franklin’s Gardens [BT Sport, 7.45pm].

The Kildare winger has scored five tries in his four Pro12 starts this season, including a hat-trick against Zebre last month, and is rewarded with a place in Leo Cullen’s starting XV.

Cullen can also recall a host of Irish internationals following their involvement in the November Tests, with Rob Kearney starting at fullback, and Robbie Henshaw teaming up with Garry Ringrose in the centre.

Luke McGrath again joins Joey Carbery in the half-backs while in a much-changed pack, Devin Toner is set to win his 50th European cap when he lines out alongside Hayden Triggs in the second row.

Northampton Saints:

15. Ben Foden
14. Ken Pisi
13. Luther Burrell
12. JJ Hanrahan
11. Jamie Elliott
10. Stephen Myler
9. Nic Groom

1. Alex Waller
2. Mikey Haywood
3. Paul Hill
4. Michael Paterson
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Jamie Gibson
7. Tom Wood (captain)
8. Louis Picamoles

Replacements:

16. Dylan Hartley
17. Ethan Waller
18. Gareth Denman
19. Api Ratuniyarawa
20. Teimana Harrison
21. Tom Kessell
22. George Pisi
23. Ahsee Tuala

Leinster:

15. Rob Kearney
14. Adam Byrne
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Isa Nacewa (captain)
10. Joey Carbery
9. Luke McGrath

1. Jack McGrath
2. Sean Cronin
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. Hayden Triggs
6. Sean O’Brien
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jamie Heaslip

Replacements:

16. James Tracy
17. Cian Healy
18. Michael Bent
19. Rhys Ruddock
20. Jack Conan
21. Jamison Gibson-Park
22. Ross Byrne
23. Rory O’Loughlin

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