Leinster make sweeping changes
Rugby:Leinster coach Joe Schmidt makes eight personnel changes to the team that started the Heineken Cup defeat to Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva stadium for tomorrow night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game against league leaders Ulster at Ravenhill (7.05).
Noel Reid, is named at fullback, while Andrew Conway (wing) and Brendan Macken (centre) come into the backline with Ian Madigan switching from fullback to outhalf. Up front Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Mike Bent form a new look front row while Devin Toner and a fit again Kevin McLaughlin have been added to the back five in the pack.
In the absence of the injured Richardt Strauss, Aaron Dundon makes the bench, while included among the replacements is former Naas CBS schoolboy, Adam Byrne, who impressed with two tries last weekend in Leinster A’s British and Irish Cup win over Jersey at Donnybrook.
Leinster:N Reid; A Conway, B Macken, G D’Arcy, F McFadden; I Madigan, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Bent; L Cullen (capt), D Toner; K McLaughlin, S O’Brien, J Heaslip. Replacements: A Dundon, H van der Merwe, J Hagan, T Denton, R Ruddock, I Boss, A Goodman, A Byrne.
Referee:G Clancy (IRFU)