The Leinster Rugby match day squad was announced by Head Coach Leo Cullen after today’s Captain’s Run in the RDS Arena.
Cullen has made a number of changes from the team that accounted for Edinburgh in Round 3 last Friday evening in BT Murrayfield with two in the backs and a further in the pack.
Zane Kirchner continues in the number 15 jersey with Isa Nacewa captaining the side once again from the right wing and Dave Kearney selected on the left.
In the centre Noel Reid and Garry Ringrose are named to start for the fourth game in a row, however thare are two changes in the half back.
Luke McGrath starts at scrum half while Johnny Sexton makes his first appearance of the campaign from number ten having receovered from shoulder surgery.
In the pack there are two changes in the front row with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong coming in, with Sean Cronin continuing at hooker.
Mick Kearney comes in to the second row having lined out for Clontarf in the All-Ireland League last weekend to partner Devin Toner.
There is one final change in the back row as Josh van der Flier starts at open side flanker with Jordi Muprhy and Jamie Heaslip completing the line up.
Team Announcement Video: https://youtu.be/kb5pF5nkZqQ
Rhys Ruddock makes his first match day squad of the season having returned from injury and he is named on the bench.
Over 12,000 tickets have been sold for the game so far but due to the Dublin Bus strike, supporters are reminded to plan their journeys accordingly and to expect more traffic than normal.
LEINSTER (Leinster caps in brackets):
15. Zane Kirchner (68)
14. Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN (150)
13. Garry Ringrose (25)
12. Noel Reid (62)
11. Dave Kearney (105)
10. Johnny Sexton (126)
9. Luke McGrath (53)
1. Cian Healy (156)
2. Sean Cronin (115)
3. Tadhg Furlong (53)
4. Devin Toner (182)
5. Mick Kearney (10)
6. Jordi Murphy (83)
7. Josh van der Flier (27)
8. Jamie Heaslip (218)
16. James Tracy (18)
17. Jack McGrath (96)
18. Mike Ross (137)
19. Ross Molony (26)
20. Rhys Ruddock (113)
21. Dan Leavy (16)
22. Jamison Gibson-Park (3)
23. Joey Carbery (4)