Isa Nacewa starts as Leinster name Pro14 final team
Ross Byrne drops out of squad as Leinster and Scarlets name their XVs for Aviva clash
Isa Nacewa has been named in the Leinster team for Saturday’s Pro14 final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho
A career that started in September 2008 away to the Cardiff Blues in a 16-16 draw will come to a close at the Aviva Stadium against the Scarlets.
Nacewa has won 184 caps, scoring 47 tries in the process for a total of 706 points, including the crucial six points off the tee late in Bilbao to bring a fourth Champions Cup trophy back to Dublin.
Nacewa will be joined in the centre by Garry Ringrose who makes his 50th Leinster appearance.
The back three sees Rob Kearney come back in to the number 15 jersey with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe retained on the left after his man of the match performance against Munster last weekend in the RDS.
In the back row Rhys Ruddock is selected at blindside with Dan Leavy back from injury on the openside. Jack Conan is named at number eight with the expectation being that Scott Fardy will make a big impact off the bench as he did last weekend.
LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Isa Nacewa (Capt), James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, James Ryan; Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Jack Conan.
SCARLETS: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steffan Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens (Capt); Samson Lee; Lewis Rawlins, Steven Cummins; Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Tadhg Beirne.
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)