Sexton to captain Leinster against Wasps

Sexton to captain Leinster against Wasps
21 January 2016; Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton during a press conference. Leinster Rugby HQ, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leo Cullen has made 11 changes to the team that defeated Bath for the trip to Coventry

As Leinster look to finish their European campaign on a high in the Saturday’s Champions Cup final pool game against Wasps in the Ricoh Arena, head coach Leo Cullen has made 11 changes to his squad.

With Rob Kearney coming in to full back, Zane Kirchner moves to the right wing from the number 15 slot last week, with Dave Kearney continuing on the left wing.

Noel Reid and Luke Fitzgerald come into the centre with Eoin Reddan and Johnny Sexton selected in the half backs. Having been announced as one of Leinster’s vice-captains at the start of the season, Sexton will captain Leinster for the first time in what will be his 100th start for the province in 121 appearances.

The entire front row were named in the Irish squad on Wednesday as Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Marty Moore.

Devin Toner and Rhys Ruddock are in the second row as Ruddock starts for the eleventh time this season, playing the full 80 in each game so far.

In the back row, Dominic Ryan, Jordi Murphy and Jamie Heaslip complete the pack.

The bench includes three players who were named in the Irish Six Nations squad including the 22 year old uncapped back rower Josh van der Flier, while Cathal Marsh is in line to make his European debut should he come on.

LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Zane Kirchner, Luke Fitzgerald, Noel Reid, Dave Kearney, Johnny Sexton (captain), Eoin Reddan; Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Marty Moore; Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock; Dominic Ryan, Jordi Murphy, Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Peter Dooley, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Josh van der Flier, Isaac Boss, Cathal Marsh, Ben Te’o

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