Leinster make seven changes for Ospreys visit

Cian Healy returns to team for what will be his 150th appearance for the province

Cian Healy helps make up an all new Leinster front row this weekend. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cian Healy helps make up an all new Leinster front row this weekend. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

 

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made seven changes to his team to take on the Ospreys on Saturday in the RDS Arena - following last Sunday’s bonus point away win over Zebre.

Zane Kirchner will start at full back with Fergus McFadden coming in on the right wing, while captain Isa Nacewa continues on the left.

Ben Te’o and Garry Ringrose are once again chosen in the centre for the seventh time as a partnership.

There is a new half back pairing with Eoin Reddan and Ian Madigan starting at nine and 10.

There are four changes in the pack with a completely new front row of Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Mike Ross. Healy is in line to win his 150th cap for the province

Ross Molony and Mick Kearney continue in the second row while in the back row Rhys Ruddock starts at blind side with Dan Leavy and Jordi Murphy continuing from open side and number eight.

Should he be introduced Dominic Ryan will win his 100th cap for the province having made his debut against the Newport Gwent Dragons in December 2009. Since that debut the former Gonzaga College man has scored 17 tries, including the first of this season last weekend against Zebre. Ryan made his Ireland debut against Georgia in the 2014 Autumn Series.

Leinster Rugby have also confirmed that just over 30,000 tickets have now been sold for the Munster match in the Aviva Stadium on the 2nd April.

LEINSTER: Zane Kirchner; Fergus McFadden, Garry Ringrose, Ben Te’o, Isa Nacewa (captain); Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross; Ross Molony, Mick Kearney; Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Peter Dooley, Tadhg Furlong, Hayden Triggs, Dominic Ryan, Luke McGrath, Cathal Marsh, Noel Reid.

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