Published: 14:32 | 13/5/21

Leinster and Ulster ring the changes


Both Leinster and Ulster have rung the changes for their Rainbow Cup clash at the RDS on Friday evening (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 8pm).

There are ten different faces in the home side's starting XV compared to the game against Connacht a week ago, while Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has made 12 changes to the team that started the 38-10 defeat to Munster in Limerick last Friday night.

Garry Ringrose, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath and Josh Murphy are the only players to retain their places from Leinster's 50-21 win in Galway.

Jimmy O'Brien returns from injury at full-back, with Jordan Larmour on the wing and Robbie Henshaw in the centre.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadgh Furlong start up front, with James Ryan returning to take his place alongside Ryan Baird in the engine room.

Caelan Doris makes a welcome return to action for the first time since February at number eight, with Josh Murphy and Josh van der Flier on the flanks.

Billy Burns and Dave Shanahan will combine at half-back for Ulster, with Robert Balacoune named on the wing. James Hume comes into the centre alongside Stuart McCloskey.

Eric O'Sullivan, Rob Herring and Marty Moore are named in an all-new front row, while Sam Carter comes in to partner skipper Iain Henderson in the second row.

Matty Rea, Sean Reidy and Nick Timoney start in the back row as Ulster look for their first victory at the RDS since March 2013.

Leinster: Jimmy O'Brien, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath (c), Cian Healy, Seán Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Josh Murphy, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rónan Kelleher, Michael Milne, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Jack Conan, Cormac Foley, Rory O’Loughlin, Tommy O’Brien.

Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy, Billy Burns, Dave Shanahan, Eric O'Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Iain Henderson (c), Matty Rea, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements: Brad Roberts, Callum Reid, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Greg Jones, Nathan Doak, Ian Madigan, Rob Lyttle.

Image: Sportsfile

***Enjoy EIGHT LIVE Rainbow Cup games on eir sport this weekend.

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