Isa Nacewa returns for Leinster clash against Cardiff

Josh van der Flier is also making his return from injury this weekend

Isa Nacewa returns for Leinster clash against Cardiff

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Isa Nacewa has been named to start for Leinster's Guinness PRO12 clash against the Cardiff Blues tomorrow at the RDS Arena (Kick-off: 3pm)

In addition to the captain's return, Adam Byrne will start on the right, while Joey Carbery has been selected at full back.

Noel Reid will claim the number 12 jersey for the 14th time this season, with Rory O’Loughlin returning from a shoulder injury to partner him in the centre.

Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne start together as outhalves for the first time since Leinster's win over Ulster on New Year's Eve.

Cian Healy is back from Ireland's Six Nations campaign, and will join Richardt Strauss and Michael Bent in Leinster's pack.

Ross Molony and Hayden Triggs partner in the second row.

Dan Leavy also makes a return from international duty, to take up his position on the blind side, with Josh van der Flier back from shoulder injury at open side.

Rhys Ruddock starts at number eight for only the second time this season, with his first also coming against the Cardiff Blues back in October.


15. Joey Carbery 
14. Adam Byrne 
13. Rory O’Loughlin 
12. Noel Reid
11. Isa Nacewa (captain)
10. Ross Byrne
9. Luke McGrath 
1. Cian Healy 
2. Richardt Strauss 
3. Michael Bent 
4. Ross Molony 
5. Hayden Triggs 
6. Dan Leavy 
7. Josh van der Flier 
8. Rhys Ruddock 


16. James Tracy 
17. Peter Dooley 
18. Mike Ross 
19. Mick Kearney 
20. Max Deegan 
21. Jamison Gibson-Park 
22. Tom Daly 
23. Fergus McFadden