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Dublin: 7°C Tuesday 26 January 2021

BOD back for Leinster's Heineken Cup clash

O’Driscoll starts in an all-Irish XV to face the Northampton Saints tomorrow evening.

O'Driscoll: has recovered from his concussion.
O'Driscoll: has recovered from his concussion.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL HAS got the green light to face Northampton tomorrow evening.

Leinster travel to Franklin’s Gardens in search of a win that would cement their stronghold on Heineken Cup Pool 1.

BOD trained with the province this week but still had to be assessed following the heavy concussion he shipped against the All Blacks.

His return allows coach Matt O’Connor to name him alongside Gordon D’Arcy in a familiar midfield pairing.

It’s an all-Irish starting XV for Leinster who top the pool with two wins from two, three points clear of the Saints.

Eoin Reddan and Ian Madigan are chosen at half-back while Luke Fitzgerald joins Dave and Rob Kearney in the back three.

Up front Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Mike Ross head up the scrum with Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy in the second row.

Rhys Ruddock continues following his involvement in last week’s Pro12 win against the Scarlets and is joined by Sean O’Brien and captain Jamie Heaslip.

Leinster: Rob Kearney; Dave Kearney, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross; Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy; Rhys Ruddock, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip (c).
Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings, Isaac Boss, Jimmy Gopperth, Zane Kirchner.

Leinster don’t fear George North – Rob Kearney

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