O'Brien makes first start of the season
Rugby:Although he only returned to full training earlier this week, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has wasted little time in pressing Seán O’Brien into action with the Ireland international pencilled in to start at number eight against Glasgow tomorrow night. With Jamie Heaslip and Rhys Ruddock away on Ireland duty, O’Brien will make his first start of the season alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin in the backrow.
O’Brien, who has not played rugby since the third test against New Zealand on June 23rd, makes his return from a hip injury alongside Isa Nacewa, who has been selected at fullback having recovered from a broken hand.
Aaron Dundon will make his first appearance at hooker since picking up an injury in the opening round of the league campaign.
At outhalf, Ian Madigan will make his 60th appearance for the province, while captain Leo Cullen will be partnered in the secondrow by Quinn Roux, with Devin Toner on the bench as back-up.
Andrew Trimble and Paul Marshall have been relieved of Ireland duty and returned to the league-leaders Ulsterfor the meeting with Treviso tomorrow (6.05pm).
There are six changes in personnel from the side which narrowly beat Zebre in Parma last week, with with 20-year-old Peter Nelson the most notable inclusion, earning his second start at fullback.
Hooker Rob Herring and props Tom Court and Declan Fitzpatrick make an all new frontrow, but the locks and backrow remain the same as Sunday, with number eight Roger Wilson continuing as captain.
Marshall’s inclusion alongside outhalf Niall O’Connor means Michael Heaney must be content with a place on the bench, while Trimble's presence on the right wing means Michael Allen moves to the left and Chris Cochrane to the bench.
Connachthave named skipper Gavin Duffy on the wing for their trip to the Dragons after recovering from injury while Mick Kearney comes in for Mike McCarthy in the second row. He will be joined by Michael Swift while hooker Ethienne Reynecke is named among the front row replacements following his return to training this week.
Leinster(v Glasgow): Isa Nacewa; Dave Kearney, Brendan Macken, Andrew Goodman, Fionn Carr; Ian Madigan, Isaac Boss; Jack McGrath, Aaron Dundon, Jamie Hagan; Leo Cullen, Quinn Roux; Kevin McLaughlin, Shane Jennings, Sean O'Brien. Replacements:Thomas Sexton, Jack O'Connell, Martin Moore, Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Noel Reid, Andrew Conway.
Ulster(v Treviso): Peter Nelson; Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Paddy Wallace, Michael Allen; Niall O'Connor, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rob Herring, Declan Fitzpatrick; Robbie Diack, Neil McComb, Nick Williams, Mike McComish, Roger Wilson (capt). Replacements: Nigel Brady, Callum Black, John Afoa, James Simpson, Ali Birch, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Chris Cochrane.
Connacht(v Dragons): Robbie Henshaw; Tiernan O'Halloran, Danie Poolman, Dave McSharry, Gavin Duffy; Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White; Michael Swift, Mick Kearney; Andrew Browne, Willie Faloon, Eoin McKeon. Replacements:Ethienne Reynecke, Rodney Ah You, Ronan Loughney, Dave Gannon, Johnny O'Connor, David Moore, Miah Nikora, Matt Healy.