Rhys Ruddock and Dave Kearney return to the Leinster starting 15 for Friday night's Pro14 clash with the Cheetahs, while wingers Adam Byrne and Fergus McFadden both hit milestones at the RDS.

Leo Cullen makes a number of changes from the team that earned a bonus-point win against the Southern Kings last week.

Kearney, who missed that outing due to a concussion, comes in at full-back, with Byrne making his 50th Leinster appearance on the right wing.

McFadden swaps across to the left for his own milestone as he prepares for his 175th game in blue. He made his first start since last October in the defeat of the Southern Kings.

Flanker Ruddock missed out on Ireland's unconvincing Six Nations win against Italy due to a hamstring problem he sustained in training but he gets the nod here, and could come into the fold again for the France showdown on Sunday week.

In the centre, Conor O’Brien moves inside to 12 with Rory O’Loughlin wearing No 13. There's a half-back pairing of Jamison Gibson-Park who slots in with Ross Byrne, again selected at out-half.

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There's a new front row of Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent, while Ross Molony is joined by Scott Fardy in the second row.

In the back row Ruddock captains the team at blindside, with Max Deegan and Caelan Doris completing the pack.

Leinster (v Cheetahs): Dave Kearney, Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Conor O’Brien, Fergus McFadden, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park; Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Scott Fardy, Rhys Ruddock (Capt), Max Deegan, Caelan Doris

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Mick Kearney, Josh Murphy, Hugh O’Sullivan, Noel Reid, Barry Daly

Referee: Nigel Owens