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Leinster team to face Ulster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 May 2011

The Leinster team to face Ulster in Friday night’s Magners League Play Off in the RDS (KO: 7.05pm) has been named.

Brian O’Driscoll will make his 150th Leinster career appearance and he partners Gordon D’Arcy in a backline which includes six Ireland internationals. Fergus McFadden, who kicked 18 points in the victory over Glasgow last weekend, starts on the right wing in a back three which includes Luke Fitzgerald and Isa Nacewa.

Isaac Boss partners Jonathan Sexton at half pack.

Cian Healy makes his 50th Magners League appearance for Leinster and is named in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross. Leo Cullen captains the side and starts at second row alongside Nathan Hines with Shane Jennings, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip completing the pack.

Heinke van der Merwe is named on the replacements bench alongside Ireland international trio Kevin McLaughlin, Eoin Reddan and Devin Toner.

15: Isa Nacewa
14: Fergus McFadden
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Isaac Boss
1: Cian Healy
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Nathan Hines
6: Sean O’Brien
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip

16: Jason Harris-Wright
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Stan Wright
19: Devin Toner
20: Kevin McLaughlin
21: Eoin Reddan
22: Ian Madigan
23: David Kearney

REFEREE: George Clancy (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: John Lacey, Ollie Hodges (both IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Carvill (IRFU), 5th OFFICIAL: Brian MacNeice (IRFU), TMO: Dermot Moloney (IRFU)