Schmidt names Leinster team for Ospreys clash

Updated: May 25, 2012

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt has named his starting lineup for the RaboDirect Pro 12 final clash with Ospreys at the RDS on Sunday (kick off 4pm).

There are four changes to the team that started the Heineken Cup final clash with Ulster last weekend.  All of those changes are in the forwards.

Leo Cullen will captain a team which includes 13 Irish internationals for what will be their third clash with Ospreys this season.

Cullen partners Devin Toner in the second row with the Moynalvey man set to make his 97th appearance – and his 30th this season.

Two of the try scorers from the Heineken Cup final, Heinke van der Merwe and Seán Cronin, come in in the front row to line up alongside Mike Ross.

Number 8 Jamie Heaslip forms an experienced back row combination with Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin, who makes his 75th Leinster appearance, while Sean O’Brien (knee) is an absentee.

The European champions’ back-line is unchanged as Eoin Reddan links up again with Jonathan Sexton at half-back and Gordon D’Arcy continues in the centre alongside Brian O’Driscoll.

Cian Healy (dead leg) will face a late fitness test to determine whether he can take his place on the bench, while All Black Brad Thorn is also among the replacements for Sunday’s match which is a sell out.

LEINSTER (v Ospreys): 15 Rob Kearney; 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa;  10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan; 1 Heinke van der Merwe, 2 Sean Cronin, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Leo Cullen (capt), 5 Devin Toner, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 7 Shane Jennings, 8 Jamie Heaslip.

Substitutes: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy/Jack McGrath, Nathan White, Brad Thorn, Dominic Ryan, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, David Kearney.

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