Leinster vs Ospreys: Byrne brothers combine in midfield axis

Lowe returns to bench as Baird, Healy and Larmour start after leaving Ireland camp

The Byrne brothers both start for Leinster against Ospreys. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster vs Ospreys, Saturday February 19th, RDS (kick-off 5pm, live on RTÉ)

The Byrne brothers start in a 10/12 axis as Leinster welcome Ospreys to the RDS on Saturday evening. Older brother Ross is in the outhalf shirt with Harry outside him at inside centre.

The occasion also marks the return of James Lowe from the injury that has ruled him out of the Six Nations up until now as he is named on the bench. Ryan Baird, Cian Healy and Jordan Larmour all start after being released from Ireland camp.

The in-form Jimmy O’Brien gets the nod at fullback as Jamie Osbourne shifts up into 13 to form a young midfield pairing alongside the younger Byrne.


The dynamic Martin Moloney keeps his place after impressing against Edinburgh. He packs down in the back row alongside Scott Penny and Max Deegan.

Luke McGrath captains the side from scrumhalf while Sean Cronin is set to make his 200th Leinster appearance off the bench.

Leinster: Jimmy O'Brien; Jordan Larmour, Jamie Osbourne, Harry Byrne, Dave Kearney; Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, James Tracyy, Michael Ala'alatoa; Ross Molony, Ryan Baird; Martin Moloney, Scott Penny, Max Deegan.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Peter Dooley, Thomas Clarkson, Jack Dunne, Nick McCarthy, Rory O'Loughlin, James Lowe.

Ospreys: Dan Evans; Keelan Giles, Michael Collins, Kieran Williams, Luke Morgan; Stephen Myler, Rhys Webb; Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Tom Botha; Bradley Davies, Will Griffiths; Ethan Roots, Harri Deaves, Morgan Morris.

Replacements: Elvis Taoine, Rhodri Jones, Rhys Henry, Lloyd Ashley, Dan Lydiate, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Tiaan Thomas Wheeler.