Leinster make five changes for Montpellier clash

A win in the RDS could help the team reach the quarter-finals

BY Daniel Kelly 12:49 Thursday 12 January 2017, 12:49 12 Jan 2017

Leinster's Isa Nacewa Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster have made five changes to the side the defeated Zebre last week, for the crucial Champions Cup clash against Montpellier in the RDS on Friday.

Four of the Leinster changes come in the pack, with captain Isa Nacewa returning at full-back in place of Zane Kirchner.

Adam Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin retain their places on the wings with Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose continuing their blossoming partnership in the centre. Luke McGrath and Johnny Sexton will again line up in the half-backs.

Props Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong return to the front row with James Tracy continuing at hooker. Devin Toner and Hayden Triggs again line up in the second row behind them.

Jack Conan is the only player in the back-row to keep his place, but he moves to blind side flanker from Number 8. Josh van der Flier and Jamie Heaslip complete the team.

Leinster are top of Pool 4. five points clear of Montpellier. A win over the French opposition would all but guarantee their spot in the quarter-finals.

Leinster team and replacements to face Montpellier:

(15-9): Isa Nacewa (capt), Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Rory O’Loughlin, Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath.

(1-8): Jack McGrath, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, Hayden Triggs, Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier, Jamie Heaslip, 

Replacements (16-23): Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Dan Leavy, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Rob Kearney.

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