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Jonathan Sexton & Gordon D'Arcy return for Leinster clash with Zebre

Updated: Friday, 30 Nov 2012 21:29 | Comments

Jonathan Sexton returns from international duty to start for Leinster
Jonathan Sexton returns from international duty to start for Leinster

Jonathan Sexton and Gordon D’Arcy return to the Leinster side to face Zebre in Saturday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the RDS, kick-off 6.00pm.

Watch Leinster v Zebre live on RTÉ TWO and online on RTE.ie on Saturday from 5:45pm.

Several Leinster players return from international duty and D’Arcy, making his 211th appearance for the province, will start at outside centre, while Eoin Reddan will partner Sexton at half back.

Fergus McFadden is named in the back three alongside Andrew Conway and Isa Nacewa, while Leo Cullen leads the team and partners Damian Browne at second row.

There are home debuts for Ireland tight-head prop Michael Bent , who is named in the front row alongside returning internationals Sean Cronin and South Africa’s Heinke van der Merwe.

Centre Andrew Goodman, who has featured in the province’s last two away league games, also makes his home debut for Joe Schmidt’s side.

Cian Healy, Mike Ross and Isaac Boss have been named on a strong replacements bench.

Leinster XV v Zebre: Isa Nacewa, Andrew Conway, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Goodman, Fergus McFadden, Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan, Heinke van der Merwe, Sean Cronin, Michael Bent, Leo Cullen (Capt), Damian Browne, Kevin McLaughlin, Rhys Ruddock, Sean O’Brien.

Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Cian Healy, Mike Ross, Tom Denton, Jordi Murphy, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Fionn Carr.

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