Leinster make four changes for Scarlets

Updated: Friday, 11 Jan 2013 14:02

The Leinster team to face the Scarlets in Saturday Heineken Cup Pool 5 encounter in the RDS has been named and shows four changes from the side that beat Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro12 last week.

Leo Cullen leads the province and is named in a starting line up which includes 14 Ireland internationals for the visit of the Welsh side.

Cullen partners Devin Toner at second row with Sean O'Brien set to make his 30th European appearance in a back-row which also features Shane Jennings and number eight Jamie Heaslip.

Kevin McLaughlin misses the game with a shoulder knock but is expected to be available for the Round 6 clash away to Exeter Chiefs and is replaced by Jennings.

In the backline, Isaac Boss partners Jonathan Sexton at half back with Gordon D'Arcy continuing at centre alongside the returning Fergus McFadden who was rested last weekend.

Isa Nacewa is recalled to an experienced backline which also features Luke Fitzgerald - who makes his 105th Leinster appearance - and Rob Kearney.

Brian O'Driscoll, who made his comeback last weekend, is being eased back into things gently and is named on the replacements bench alongside fellow Ireland internationals Michael Bent, Eoin Reddan and Rhys Ruddock.

There will be full live coverage of Leinster v Scarlets on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 12 December from 2pm.

There will be full live coverage of Ulster v Glasgow on a specially extended Sport at Seven on RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday 11 January from 7pm.

Leinster team to play Scarlets in the Heineken Cup:
Rob Kearney, Isa Nacewa, Fergus McFadden, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen, Devin Toner, Sean O'Brien, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: Aaron Dundon,: Heinke van der Merwe, Michael Bent, Tom Denton, Rhys Ruddock, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Brian O'Driscol