No place for Sexton as Leinster prepare for Castres clash

Leo Cullen has made four changes to the side that Munster last weekend

BY Newstalk 13:15 Friday 14 October 2016, 13:15 14 Oct 2016

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Leinster look to put last season's disappointing Champions Cup campaign behind them as they host Castres at the RDS this Saturday.

Head coach Leo Cullen has opted to make four changes for the opener and most notably has decided to leave out Jonathan Sexton, with Joey Carbery taking his place alongside Luke McGrath.

Rob Kearney continues at full back as he wins his 180th cap with Zane Kirchner coming in on the right wing and Isa Nacewa again selected on the left wing and as captain.

Having made his debut last weekend against Musnter, Robbie Henshaw makes his first start in the RDS Arena tomorrow with Garry Ringrose outside him at 13.

Jack McGrath comes into the front row alongside Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong. In the backs, Josh van der Flier comes in at open side. Rhys Ruddock continues at blind side with Jamie Heaslip at number eight.

Leinster XV to face Castres

15. Rob Kearney
14. Zane Kirchner
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Isa Nacewa (captain)
10. Joey Carbery
9. Luke McGrath

1. Jack McGrath
2. Sean Cronin
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. Ian Nagle
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jamie Heaslip


16. James Tracy
17. Cian Healy
18. Mike Ross
19. Ross Molony
20. Dan Leavy
21. Jamison Gibson-Park
22. Cathal Marsh
23. Noel Reid

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