Leinster make nine changes for trip to Cardiff

Leo Cullen rings in the changes as he looks to make it four wins from five this weekend

BY Newstalk 14:25 Friday 30 September 2016, 14:25 30 Sep 2016

Leinster look to build on last week's bonus point victory over Ospreysand make nine changes for their trip to Cardiff Blues.

In the backs, Zane Kirchner and Dave Kearney continue at full back and on the left wing while Fergus McFadden returns from injury on the right wing for his first start since the Irish provinces over Treviso.

Noel Reid continues at inside centre but is partnered for the first time this season by Rory O'Loughlin who makes his first competitive start for Leinster having appeared as a replacement in two games.

Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrumhalf with Johnny Sexton as captain from number ten.

In the pack it's a new front row with Jack McGrath, James Tracy and Mike Ross lining up, while behind them Mick Kearney is joined for his Leinster debut by Ian Nagle.

Nagle last played in the PRO12 in December 2013 for Munster against Scarlets in a 16-10 win.

In the back row two replacements from last week, Dan Leavy and Rhys Ruddock, start at blind side and number eight respectively, while Josh van der Flier starts at open side.

On the bench is Leinster Academy scrumhalf Nick McCarthy, UCD's Barry Daly and Jamie Heaslip.

Leinster XV to face Cardiff Blues

15.Zane Kirchner 
14. Fergus McFadden
13. Rory O'Loughlin
12. Noel Reid 
11. Dave Kearney 
10. Johnny Sexton 
9. Jamison Gibson-Park 

1. Jack McGrath 
2. James Tracy 
3. Mike Ross 
4. Mick Kearney 
5. Ian Nagle 
6. Dan Leavy 
7. Josh van der Flier 
8. Rhys Ruddock 


16. Sean Cronin
17. Peter Dooley 
18. Michael Bent 
19. Devin Toner 
20. Jamie Heaslip 
21. Nick McCarthy 
22. Joey Carbery 
23. Barry Daly 


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