The Leinster team to face Edinburgh in Sunday’s Magners League clash at the RDS (KO: 6.15pm) has been named.
Brian O’Driscoll partners Gordon D’Arcy at centre in an unchanged backline which sees Eoin Reddan continue his half-back partnership with Shaun Berne.
In the pack, Dominic Ryan is the only change and the former Gonzaga College wing forward will make his third Leinster appearance in the back-row alongside Kevin McLaughlin and Jamie Heaslip.
Leo Cullen captains the side and Sean O’Brien has been named on an extended replacements bench alongside the likes of Malcolm O’Kelly and Girvan Dempsey, which will be reduced closer to kick off.
Bernard Jackman was not considered for selection due to a knee injury and the Ireland hooker is rated extremely doubtful for Leinster’s Magners League run in.
Over 13,500 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s game and tickets are on sale now from www.leinsterrugby.ie and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. The regular Family Day activity will take place on the adjoining parade ring with the usual array of games and entertainment for young supporters, including the Canterbury Skills Roadshow, Fun relays, Leo the Lion, and of course the Spinnies.
There will be a pre-match end of season BBQ sponsored by Bulmers at the sand arena beside the Leinster Supporters Bar from 5pm. The BBQ is open to all with complimentary pints of Bulmers for the first 100 people in attendance.
There will also be live music and a brief question and answer session with some of the squad members. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Serpentine Hall.
Meanwhile, Happy Heart Weekend is coming up on the 13th of May and Leinster Rugby are lending their support by organising a mobile phone collection at the Leinster v Edinburgh match on Sunday in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation needs your old mobile phones to raise vital money to support people affected by heart disease and stroke.
15: Rob Kearney
14: Shane Horgan
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Isa Nacewa
10: Shaun Berne
9: Eoin Reddan
1: Cian Healy
2: John Fogarty
3: Stan Wright
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Nathan Hines
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Jamie Heaslip
REPLACEMENTS FROM: Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, CJ van der Linde, Malcolm O’Kelly, Sean O’Brien, Stephen Keogh, Paul O’Donohoe, Fergus McFadden, Girvan Dempsey
REFEREE: James Jones (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: David Wilkinson (IRFU), Dermot Moloney (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Carvill (ARLB), 5th OFFICIAL: Simon Rogan (ARLB), TMO: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)