Quinn Roux starts in Leinster secondrow for semi-final clash with Ulster
Ulster boosted by return from injury of Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar
Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
The South African lock is one of eight changes to Matt O’Connor’s side from the 15-13 win over Edinburgh last weekend. Seven of those come in the pack, with skipper Jamie Heaslip the only one to remain.
The only change in the backline sees Eoin Reddan return from a shoulder injury picked up in the Heineken Cup defeat to Toulon to make his 100th appearance for the province at scrumhalf with Isaac Boss moving to the bench.
Ahead of the captain’s run in the RDS, coach Matt O’Connor said, “We have the utmost respect for the Ulster squad. Already this year we have had two incredibly physical and enthralling games against them and I have no doubt but that tomorrow will be no different. Training has gone very well and we are very excited by the challenge that this Ulster team will bring.
“This is where we wanted to be at the start of the year. We are at home in a semi-final having topped the table. Home advantage is crucial but it is up to us now to make sure that this advantage pays off.
LEINSTER: R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, D Kearney; J Gopperth, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Moore; D Toner, Q Roux; R Ruddock, S Jennings, J Heaslip (capt). Replacements: A Dundon, J McGrath, M Ross, L Cullen, S O’Brien, I Boss, I Madigan, Z Kirchner.
ULSTER: C Gilroy; T Bowe, J Payne, D Cave, A Trimble; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Best, R Lutton; J Muller (captain), I Henderson; R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson. Replacements: R Herring, A Warwick, A Macklin, D Tuohy, S Doyle, P Marshall, J McKinney, L Marshall.