Leinster name team to face Edinburgh

Joe Scmidt has named the Leinster team to face Edinburgh in Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in Murrayfield (KO: 7.35pm) has been named.

Leo Cullen captains the side and is one of 10 Ireland internationals in the starting line-up, amongst them is hooker Sean Cronin who makes his full debut for the province. Cronin starts in the front alongside Heinke van der Merwe and Mike Ross.

Luke Fitzgerald makes his 90th appearance for the province and moves to the wing in a back three which also includes the Kearney brothers, David and Rob. Eoin O’Malley forms a centre partnership with Fergus McFadden, with Isaac Boss linking up with Jonathan Sexton at half back.

Fionn Carr joins the likes of Rhys Ruddock, Richardt Strauss and Steven Sykes on the replacements bench.

Cillian Willis was not required to travel and his short term contract with Leinster Rugby has concluded allowing him to play for Greystones in the AIL this weekend.


15: Rob Kearney
14: David Kearney
13: Eoin O’Malley
12: Fergus McFadden
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Sean Cronin
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Devin Toner
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Leo Auva’a


16: Richardt Strauss
17: Jack McGrath
18: Nathan White
19: Steven Sykes
20: Rhys Ruddock
21: John Cooney
22: Ian Madigan
23: Fionn Carr

REFEREE: Leighton Hodges (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: David Changleng, Archie McInally (both SRU), TMO: Iain Heard (SRU)


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