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Jimmy Gopperth to start at out-half for Leinster against Ospreys

Updated: Friday, 11 Oct 2013 13:19 | Comments

Jimmy Gopperth in action against Ulster during a pre-season friendly
Jimmy Gopperth in action against Ulster during a pre-season friendly

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Leinster have named a new-look half-back partnership to face the Ospreys in Saturday evening's opening Heineken Cup clash in the Liberty Stadium.

Ireland scrum-half Isaac Boss will link up with Jimmy Gopperth, who makes his first European appearance for the province at out-half. Ian Madigan has been dropped top the bench.

It's a case of youth and experience at centre where Gordon D'Arcy, who is set to make his 226th appearance, will partner European debutant Brendan Macken, who starts at outside centre in the absence of injured Brian O'Driscoll

Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden will be joined in a strong back three by Rob Kearney.

The pack is unchanged from the one that started last weekend with Jamie Heaslip once more leading the team and he will be flanked in the back-row by Kevin McLaughlin and Sean O'Brien.

Cian Healy will once more partner fellow Ireland front-rowers Sean Cronin and Mike Ross, with Devin Toner locking down alongside Mike McCarthy.

Leinster: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Gordon D'Arcy, Dave Kearney, Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip (c).

Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald.

Live radio coverage of Ospreys v Leinster on Saturday Sport from 14:45 on Saturday 12 October on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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