Leinster Team Named For Quarter Final Clash With Saracens

Interesting selection.

Head coach Leo Cullen has named his Leinster team for Sunday’s Champions Cup quarter final clash with holders Saracens at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The game is in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday with a 3.30pm kick off and over 49,000 tickets have now been sold with the remaining 2,000 tickets available from leinsterrugby.ie

As expected Cullen is able to recall a number of Ireland players who missed last weekend’s trip to the Ospreys. Rob Kearney returns at full back with Fergus McFadden on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.

In the centre Isa Nacewa is back to captain the side with Garry Ringrose outside him in the number 13 jersey. Luke McGrath came through the Ospreys game last weekend with no issues on his return from a recent knee injury and he is joined by Johnny Sexton in the half backs.

In the pack Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong come in to join Seán Cronin in the front row, while Devin Toner and James Ryan are the second row combination.

In the back row Scott Fardy is selected at blindside, with Dan Leavy winning his 50th Leinster cap on the openside and Jordi Murphy completing the pack at No. 8.

On the bench Rhys Ruddock is back for his first game since the Exeter game in December while Max Deegan is in line to make his Champions Cup debut should he be introduced.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Rob Kearney (193)
14. Fergus McFadden (166)
13. Garry Ringrose (45)
12. Isa Nacewa (180) CAPTAIN
11. James Lowe (8)
10. Johnny Sexton (144)
9. Luke McGrath (91)
1. Cian Healy (184)
2. Seán Cronin (147)
3. Tadhg Furlong (78)
4. Devin Toner (211)
5. James Ryan (10)
6. Scott Fardy (17)
7. Dan Leavy (49)
8. Jordi Murphy (101)

16. James Tracy (58)
17. Jack McGrath (126)
18. Andrew Porter (23)
19. Rhys Ruddock (139)
20. Max Deegan (16)
21. Nick McCarthy (21)
22. Joey Carbery (31)
23. Rory O’Loughlin (37)