Settled look to Leinster as O'Driscoll returns for final
18/05/2012 - 12:14:26
There are no big surprises in Joe Schmidt’s Leinster team selection for tomorrow's Heineken Cup final against Ulster in Twickenham (5pm).
Leo Cullen leads the province and he starts at second row alongside Brad Thorn, with Kevin McLaughlin joining Ireland colleagues Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien in the back row.
Cian Healy starts in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross, who makes his 65th appearance for the province.
Eoin Reddan links up with Jonathan Sexton at half back, while Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy - who will make his 86th European appearance and in doing so become the joint fifth most capped European player of all time - form the centre partnership.
Rob Kearney, who has scored six tries in eight Heineken Cup appearances so far this year, has also recovered from injury to take his place in the back three alongside Fergus McFadden and Isa Nacewa.
Leinster (v. Ulster): R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, I Nacewa; J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross; L Cullen (c), B Thorn; K McLaughlin, S O’Brien, J Heaslip.
Replacements: S Cronin, H van der Merwe, N White, D Toner, S Jennings, I Boss, I Madigan, D Kearney.
Follow Leinster's exertions against Ulster on our live Heineken Cup blog from London at 4pm tomorrow. It will be epic.
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