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Leo Cullen names Leinster team for Champions Cup clash with Northampton

Leo Cullen has named his side to take on Northampton Saints in the second round of the Heineken C...

Leo Cullen has named his side to take on Northampton Saints in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup at the RDS Arena on Saturday. 

The same back three are set to start that lined out in their opening 21 point win over Montpellier.

Jimmy O’Brien has been selected at full-back with Dave Kearney on the left-wing and Hugo Keenan retained on the right.

Robbie Henshaw is again selected in the centre but moves to the number 12 jersey with Garry Ringrose back from a jaw injury to take his place at outside centre.

It’s a new half-back pairing this week with Jamison Gibson-Park starting at scrumhalf and Harry Byrne starting a Champions Cup game for the first time having made his debut off the bench last weekend.

It’s also a new front row combination with Irish internationals Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher and Andrew Porter starting, after coming off the bench in France.

Ryan Baird is set to start a European game for the first time and will be joined by James Ryan in the second row.

Rhys Ruddock will captain the side from blindside after his Heineken Star of the Match performance last week, with Josh van der Flier at openside and Caelan Doris at number eight.

Ross Molony and Josh Murphy will both make their European debuts if introduced from the bench.

Leinster team in full to face Northampton Saints:

15. Jimmy O’Brien
14. Hugo Keenan
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Dave Kearney
10. Harry Byrne
9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Cian Healy
2. Rónan Kelleher
3. Andrew Porter
4. Ryan Baird
5. James Ryan
6. Rhys Ruddock (C)
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Caelan Doris

16. James Tracy
17. Peter Dooley
18. Michael Bent
19. Ross Molony
20. Josh Murphy
21. Luke McGrath
22. Ross Byrne
23. Dan Leavy

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