Four changes in Leinster team to play Clermont
Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 16:04
Leinster have made four changes for Saturday’s clash with ASM Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium in the Heineken Cup.
Heinke Van der Merwe, Richardt Strauss, Shane Jennings and Eoin Reddan come in for Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Kevin McLaughlin and Isaac Boss.
Van der Merwe has recovered from injury and the Springbok prop is one of two alterations to the front row alongside Ireland international hooker Strauss.
They line up alongside Mike Ross, with skipper Leo Cullen continuing his second row partnership with Damian Browne.
Jennings, a second half replacement in Clermont last weekend, starts in the back-row alongside fellow Ireland internationals Sean O'Brien and number eight Jamie Heaslip.
Reddan partners Jonathan Sexton in the only change to the backline which started last weekend's game, which means that Andrew Goodman will continue his midfield partnership with Gordon D'Arcy.
David Kearney has recovered from injury to take his place amongst a replacements bench which features several Ireland internationals.
There are now over 48,000 tickets sold for Saturday's game which is a new Irish Pool record.
Leinster team to play ASM Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium in the Heineken Cup on Saturday: Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden, Gordon D'Arcy, Andrew Goodman, Isa Nacewa, Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan
Heinke van der Merwe, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen, Damian Browne, Sean O'Brien, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Isaac Boss, Andrew Conway, Dave Kearney
There will be full live coverage of Biarritz v Connacht on a specially extended Sport at Seven on RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday 14 December from 7pm.
There will be full live coverage of Saracens v Munster on Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday 16 December from 2pm.