Leinster Team Named For Cheetahs Clash In Bloemfontein

Leo Cullen has named his Leinster team for the second-leg of their South African tour against the Cheetahs.

Captain Isa Nacewa returns for Leinster this weekend after missing the game against the Southern Kings over visa issues. The New Zealander starts at inside centre with Noel Reid outside him.

Jamison Gibson-Park also starts after his visa issues, and will partner Ross Byrne at halfback. In the back row Jordi Murphy starts at blind side with Jack Conan again at No. 8, while Josh van der Flier will win his 50th cap from the open side.

Luke McGrath (arm) and Fergus McFadden (hamstring) were not considered for selection and as a result have flown home to Dublin to begin preparations for the Edinburgh game next week. In addition James Ryan (foot) was not considered for selection but as he has been ruled out of next week’s game he has not flown home to Dublin.

Leinster Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs (caps in brackets):

15. Joey Carbery (24)
14. Dave Kearney (112)
13. Noel Reid (83)
12. Isa Nacewa (172) CAPTAIN
11. Barry Daly (12)
10. Ross Byrne (26)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (30)
1. Cian Healy (175)
2. James Tracy (45)
3. Michael Bent (90)
4. Ross Molony (46)
5. Mick Kearney (23)
6. Jordi Murphy (87)
7. Josh van der Flier (49)
8. Jack Conan (54)

16. Seán Cronin (131)
17. Peter Dooley (38)
18. Andrew Porter (11)
19. Rhys Ruddock (133)
20. Max Deegan (4)
21. Nick McCarthy (10)
22. Cathal Marsh (21)
23. Rory O’Loughlin (24)

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