Leinster Team Named For Crucial Champions Cup Tie With Castres


Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 for Leinster’s Round 6 Champions Cup game against Castres tomorrow evening in Stade Pierre-Antoine.

Leinster are already assured of top spot in Pool 4 and a place in the quarter-finals, but a win tomorrow evening would guarantee a home quarter-final in the Aviva Stadium on the weekend of the 31st March 2017.

Cullen has made three changes in total with all of those changes coming in the pack. Cian Healy and Richardt Strauss come in from the start this week to join Tadhg Furlong in the front row.


There is another change in the second row with Ross Molony making only his second European start beside Devin Toner. Molony also featured against Castres in Round 1 coming off the bench in the RDS.

The back row is as you were with three try Heineken Man of the Match from last weekend Jack Conan selected at blind side, Josh van der Flier at open side and Jamie Heaslip at number eight. Sean O’Brien once again doesn’t make the squad as he battles with a calf problem.

LEINSTER: (caps in brackets)

15. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (163)
14. Adam Byrne (13)
13. Garry Ringrose (34)
12. Robbie Henshaw (8)
11. Rory O’Loughlin (13)
10. Johnny Sexton (132)
9. Luke McGrath (64)
1. Cian Healy (166)
2. Richardt Strauss (137)
3. Tadhg Furlong (61)
4. Ross Molony (33)
5. Devin Toner (192)
6. Jack Conan (41)
7. Josh van der Flier (36)
8. Jamie Heaslip (228)

16. James Tracy (32)
17. Jack McGrath (106)
18. Michael Bent (76)
19. Mike McCarthy (71)
20. Dan Leavy (28)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (17)
22. Ross Byrne (13)
23. Rob Kearney (184)

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