Alex Soroka named in Leinster backrow for trip to Zebre
Seán O’Brien and Tim Corkery are in line for their debuts off the bench in Italy
Alex Soroka will wear the number eight jersey against Zebre. File photograph: Inpho
Seán O’Brien and Tim Corkery are in line for their debuts if introduced off the bench. Academy player Max O’Reilly starts at fullback, with Cian Kelleher making his 25th appearance on the right wing and Dave Kearney selected on the left.
In the centre, head coach Leo Cullen has selected Rory O’Loughlin and Jimmy O’Brien as his pairing for the second week in a row. Luke McGrath again captains the side and is partnered at halfback by Harry Byrne for the trip to Italy.
In the backrow, Josh Murphy starts at blindside, with last week’s Player of the Match Scott Penny at openside and Soroka wearing number eight - after making his debut off the bench against Glasgow Warriors.
LEINSTER: Max O’Reilly; Cian Kelleher, Jimmy O’Brien, Rory O’Loughlin, Dave Kearney; Harry Byrne, Luke McGrath (capt); Peter Dooley, Dan Sheehan, Thomas Clarkson; Ross Molony, Jack Dunne; Josh Murphy, Scott Penny, Alex Soroka.
Replacements: James Tracy, Marcus Hanan, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Seán O’Brien, Hugh O’Sullivan, Tim Corkery, Jamie Osborne.
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)