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Leinster Team To Face Saracens Has Been Named

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12:25 30 Mar 2018


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Leo Cullen has named his Leinster side for the Champions Cup clash with Saracens at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

The big news sees Rhys Ruddock return to the matchday 23, after he resumed full training earlier this week.

However there's no place for Sean O'Brien, after he was injured in the early stages of the game against Scarlets.

An injury to number 8 Jack Conan means Scott Fardy moves into blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy moving to 8 and Dan Leavy coming in at openside.

With Fardy moving to lock, James Ryan will partner Devin Toner in the second row behind an all-Irish international front row of Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong.

Luke McGrath and Johnny Sexton form the half-back pairing, with captain Isa Nacewa partnering Garry Ringrose in the centre in the absence of the injured Robbie Henshaw.

Rob Kearney will line up at full-back with Fergus McFadden on one wing and James Lowe has been handed a start to make up the back 3.

On the replacements, there's no second-row cover with Max Deegan also named alongside Ruddock, while James Tracy, Jack McGrath and Andrew Porter make up the forwards cover.

With Lowe and Fardy in the side, Nick McCarthy gets the nod over Jamison Gibson-Park as replacement scrum-half, with Joey Carbery named as replacement 10 over Ross Byrne.

Rory O'Loughlin makes up the bench.

The team in full is found below:

Meanwhile, Owen Farrell has shaken off his injury worries as he's named to start at out-half for the English side and defending European champions

The game gets underway at 3:30pm on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium, with Jerome Garces taking charge.


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