The Leinster team to face the Scarlets in Friday night’s Magners League clash at the RDS (KO: 7.35pm) has been named. Leo Cullen, Fergus McFadden and Jonathan Sexton return to the starting line up after having been released from Ireland camp this week as the province look to build on last week’s 30-5 victory over Benetton Treviso.

Cullen joins fellow Ireland internationals Kevin McLaughlin, Rhys Ruddock and Devin Toner in the pack with Stan Wright set for his second start of the campaign.

Bank of Ireland Player of the Month Isa Nacewa continues at full back in a back three which also includes Dave Kearney and Niall Morris. McFadden links up with Eoin O’Malley at centre, with Sexton partnering fellow Ireland international Isaac Boss at half back.

Scotland’s Nathan Hines is included amongst the replacements alongside Old Belvedere back Daniel Riordan.

Over 14,600 tickets have now been sold for Friday’s game and are on sale now from, Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Champion Sports (Grafton Street) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. There will be the usual ‘Family Day’ activities and tickets will also be on sale at the ground on the night.


15: Isa Nacewa

14: Niall Morris

13: Eoin O’Malley

12: Fergus McFadden

11: Dave Kearney

10: Jonathan Sexton

9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe

2: Richardt Strauss

3: Stan Wright

4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN

5: Devin Toner

6: Kevin McLaughlin

7: Dominic Ryan

8: Rhys Ruddock


16: Jason Harris-Wright

17: Jack McGrath

18: Simon Shawe

19: Nathan Hines

20: Paul Ryan

21: Paul O’Donohoe

22: Ian Madigan

23: Daniel Riordan

REFEREE: Andy Macpherson (SRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Michael Black, Mark Hermin (both IRFU),4th OFFICIAL: Paul Haycock (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: Stephen McCann (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Kevin Beggs (IRFU)