Ross and Healy to start for Leinster against Zebre, Cronin on the bench

Leo Cullen has made five changes to his team for tomorrow night’s visit of the Italian side to the RDS.

Leinster props Mike Ross and Cian Healy.
Leinster props Mike Ross and Cian Healy.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

MIKE ROSS AND Cian Healy won’t be involved in Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France but the good news for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is that the pair have been deemed fit enough to start for Leinster in tomorrow night’s Guinness Pro12 meeting with Zebre at the RDS (7.30pm).

Ross and Healy have returned from hamstring and knee injuries respectively to be selected in the front row for the visit of the Italian side to Dublin, with Peter Dooley and Michael Bent dropping down to the bench.

Despite featuring for Ireland in last weekend’s draw with Wales, Sean Cronin has been named among the Leinster replacements.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made three other personnel changes from the side that lost to Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend. Josh van der Flier comes into the back row in place of Dan Leavy, Isaac Boss takes Luke McGrath’s place at scrum-half and captain Isa Nacewa returns on the wing for Fergus McFadden.

Leinster (v Zebre)

15. Zane Kirchner
14. Adam Byrne
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Ben Te’o
11. Isa Nacewa (c)
10. Cathal Marsh
9. Isaac Boss

1. Cian Healy
2. James Tracy
3. Mike Ross
4. Ross Molony
5. Hayden Triggs
6. Dominic Ryan
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jordi Murphy

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16. Sean Cronin
17. Peter Dooley
18. Michael Bent
19. Tom Denton
20. Dan Leavy
21. Luke McGrath
22. Noel Reid
23. Cian Kelleher (added following Fergus McFadden’s inclusion in the Ireland squad to play France)

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