Dave Kearney returns to the Leinster starting XV to face the Cardiff Blues in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the RDS, kick-off 6.30pm.

Jonathan Sexton partners Eoin Reddan at half back, while Gordon D’Arcy links up with Brian O’Driscoll in the midfield. David Kearney starts his first game of the season on the right wing after recovering from his hip injury.

Up front; Devin Toner locks down at second row alongside captain Leo Cullen.

Hooker Richardt Strauss, who was named in the Ireland panel for the first time earlier this week for the forthcoming November series, is named in the front row alongside Cian Healy and Mike Ross.

Back-row forward Rhys Ruddock takes his place on the panel for the first time this season and is named on a bench which includes Isaac Boss and Sean Cronin.

Leinster XV: 15: Ian Madigan, 14: David Kearney, 13: Brian O’Driscoll, 12: Gordon D’Arcy, 11: Fergus McFadden, 10: Jonathan Sexton, 9: Eoin Reddan, 1: Cian Healy, 2: Richardt Strauss, 3: Mike Ross, 4: Leo Cullen (cpt), 5: Devin Toner, 6: Kevin McLaughlin, 7: Jordi Murphy, 8: Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: 16: Sean Cronin, 17: Heinke van der Merwe, 18: Jamie Hagan, 19: Damian Browne, 20: Rhys Ruddock, 21: Isaac Boss, 22: Brendan Macken, 23: Fionn Carr.