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Henshaw, Toner and McGrath return to Leinster team for Wasps challenge

Sean O’Brien, meanwhile, makes the bench.

Robbie Henshaw has returned to action ahead of schedule.
Robbie Henshaw has returned to action ahead of schedule.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

JACK MCGRATH, DEVIN Toner and Robbie Henshaw all return to the Leinster team to face Wasps in the concluding round of the Heineken Champions Cup pool stages on Sunday [KO 3.15pm, BT Sport 2]. 

Toner and Henshaw both missed last weekend’s win over Toulouse through injury, with McGrath learning of Leinster’s strength in depth in being left out of the matchday squad entirely. 

Henshaw returns from a hamstring injury ahead of schedule, having been expected to miss the opening of the Six Nations. He replaces Rory O’Loughlin, with Toner coming into the team in place of Scott Fardy, who drops to the bench. 

Cian Healy is also relegated to the bench to allow for the return of McGrath. In further good news for Leinster and Ireland, Sean O’Brien is fit for a place among the replacements.

Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney, however, remain absent. 

Leinster must win to make sure they nudge into the knockout stages, while the addition of five-try bonus point will guarantee them a home quarter-final. 

Leinster:

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Adam Byrne
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Dave Kearney
10. Ross Byrne
9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Jack McGrath
2. Sean Cronin 
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. James Ryan
6. Rhys Ruddock (captain) 
7. Josh Van der Flier 
8. Jack Conan

Replacements: 

16. James Tracy
17. Cian Healy
18. Andrew Porter
19. Scott Fardy
20. Sean O’Brien
21. Hugh O’Sullivan
22. Noel Reid
23. Rory O’Loughlin

Ahead of the final weekend of European pool games, Murray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look at what each of the provinces can expect, and who impressed last weekend:


Source: Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42/SoundCloud

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