Leinster have work cut out for them in Scotstoun

Leo Cullen makes eight changes to starting XV for trip to Glasgow

Ireland’s Dave Kearney returns to the Leinster team for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury against France in the Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Photograph.

Ireland’s Dave Kearney returns to the Leinster team for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury against France in the Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Photograph.

 

Glasgow v Leinster, Scotstoun, Friday, 7.35pm (Sky Sports 3)

This was one of the matches coach Leo Cullen saw coming down the line since its postponement in March due to weather conditions. Glasgow have lost just once since February, a narrow 10-13 defeat to Ulster in Belfast.

More impressively Gregor Townsend’s side have only lost once at home since September, when Northampton beat them 15-26 in the European Champions Cup.

Leinster’s last win in Scotstoun was 6-0 back in 2012 when Cullen was part of the secondrow partnership with Quinn Roux.

Glasgow, at seventh on the table, are in more desperate need of points and like Leinster have a large chunk of players in national camp before the final Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland.

Second Captains

New combination

Cullen has made eight changes to the team that beat Ospreys with Dave Kearney making a return for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury against France in the Six Nations.

Gary Ringrose partners Ben Te’o in the centre and in the frontrow there is a new combination of Tadhg Furlong, Peter Dooley and James Tracy.

Outhalf Rory Clegg has re-joined Glasgow on a deal until May 2017 following five months with French Top 14 side Oyonnax.

Leinster have announced that 35,000 tickets have been sold for the April 2nd game against Munster in the Aviva Stadium.

GLASGOW: P Murchie; L Jones, M Bennett, S Johnson, R Hughes; R Clegg, G Hart; G Reid, F Brown, S Puafisi, G Peterson, L Nakarawa, J Eddie, S Favaro, A Ashe. Replacements: J Malcolm, J Yanuyanutawa, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, T Holmes, A Price, N Grigg, G Bryce

LEINSTER: Z Kirchner; I Nacewa, G Ringrose, B Te’o, D Kearney; C Marsh, L McGrath; P Dooley, J Tracy, T Furlong, M Kearney, H Triggs, D Ryan, D Leavy, J Murphy. Replacements: B Byrne, J Loughman, M Bent, R Moloney, P Timmins, I Boss, J Carbery.

Referee: G Clancy (IRFU)

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