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Leinster boosted by return of O'Driscoll, Kearney and Fitzgerald

Updated: Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 14:27 | Comments

Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald make a welcome return to the starting XV
Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald make a welcome return to the starting XV

Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald are all in the Leinster team to face Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO12 clash in Murrayfield on Friday.

The Lions trio are returning from injury to boost the province ahead of the trip to the Scottish capital.

Kearney is named in a pacy-looking back three alongside Fitzgerald and Fionn Carr, with O'Driscoll linking up in midfield with Gordon D'Arcy. Eoin Reddan partners Jonathan Sexton at half back.

Leo Cullen captains the side, which includes the likes of Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien in the pack.

Shane Jennings has recovered from illness to take his place on the bench.

Leinster XV to play Edinburgh on Friday at 7.35pm: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fionn Carr, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Sean Cronin, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Leo Cullen, 5 Devin Toner, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 7 Sean O'Brien, 8 Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: 16: Aaron Dundon, 17: Heinke van der Merwe, 18: Michael Bent, 19: Tom Denton, 20: Shane Jennings, 21: Isaac Boss, 22: Ian Madigan, 23: Andrew Conway.

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