Friday, January 21, 2022

Kildare’s Jimmy O’Brien retains his place on the Leinster team named by Head Coach, Leo Cullen to take on Bath at the Rec in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday. (KO 1pm – LIVE on BT Sport, Channel 4, Virgin Media and RTÉ Radio).

Jimmy O’Brien scores Try No 8 for Leinster in their 89 -7

defeat of Montpellier in the Heineken Cup last weekend

Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland

 

Captain Johnny Sexton returns to lead the side out, his first start for the province since the win over Scarlets in mid-October.

He’s partnered in the half-backs by Luke McGrath.

Cullen has chosen the same back three from last week’s 89-7 win over Montpellier at the RDS with Hugo Keenan in the number 15 jersey flanked by Jordan Larmour and one of the try scorers last week, Jimmy O’Brien.

Garry Ringrose holds onto his spot in the centre but this week will be joined in midfield by Robbie Henshaw.

There’s just one change to the pack from round three, Michael Ala’alatoa – a try-scorer from the replacements bench against Montpellier – comes in ahead of Tadhg Furlong.

He goes in at tighthead alongside hooker Rónan Kelleher and loosehead Andrew Porter.

Packing down behind them is the same duo of Ross Molony and Josh Murphy while the back row also remains unchanged, the trio of Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan.

On the bench, there’s a potential European debut for Vakh Abdaladze should he enter the fray.

He’s joined in reserve by Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Ryan Baird, Max Deegan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne and Ciarán Frawley.

Leinster Rugby team to face Bath (Leinster caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (37)
14. Jordan Larmour (68)
13. Garry Ringrose (93)
12. Robbie Henshaw (59)
11. Jimmy O’Brien (40)
10. Johnny Sexton CAPTAIN (177)
9. Luke McGrath (159)

1. Andrew Porter (84)
2. Rónan Kelleher (32)
3. Michael Ala’alatoa (8)
4. Ross Molony (124)
5. Josh Murphy (51)
6. Caelan Doris (46)
7. Josh van der Flier (105)
8. Jack Conan (109)

Replacements:

16. Dan Sheehan (20)
17. Cian Healy (240)
18. Vakh Abdaladze (15)
19. Ryan Baird (35)
20. Max Deegan (73)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (108)
22. Ross Byrne (113)
23. Ciarán Frawley (44)

Referee – Andrea Piardi (FIR)

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