Big three return for Leinster14/09/2012 - 12:27:43
Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton are among the Irish internationals returning to Leinster’s starting XV to face Benetton Treviso in Saturday night's RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the Stadio di Monigo (6.05pm).
Heaslip captains the team and the Naas number eight forms an all-Ireland international back-row alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin.
Devin Toner becomes the latest Leinster player to reach the 100 cap milestone and he is named at second row alongside Damian Browne.
Heinke van der Merwe, a second half replacement in the RDS victory last weekend, is joined in the front row by hooker Richardt Strauss and Ireland tight-head prop Mike Ross.
In the backline Fergus McFadden, who is set to make appearance number 75 for the province, partners Brian O'Driscoll at centre.
Eoin Reddan links up at half-back alongside Sexton, with Ian Madigan shifting to full-back and both Fionn Carr and Andrew Conway continuing on the wings after starting Leinster's 45-25 victory last weekend.
Leo Cullen is one of three Ireland internationals named on the bench alongside Isa Nacewa.
Leinster (v. Treviso): I Madigan; A Conway, B O’Driscoll, F McFadden, F Carr; J Sexton, E Reddan; H van der Merwe, R Strauss, M Ross; D Browne, D Toner; K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Heaslip ©.
Replacements: S Cronin, C Healy, J Hagan, L Cullen, J Murphy, J Cooney, N Reid, I Nacewa.
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