Hugo Keenan gets his third start of the season with the Academy player lining out at full back as Leinster take on Connacht in a near sold out RDS Arena tomorrow.
Keenan starts at full-back with last week’s try scorer Adam Byrne on the right wing and Dave Kearney on the left.
Another Academy player Conor O’Brien starts at inside centre with last week’s Heineken Man of the Match Rory O’Loughlin outside him. Leo Cullen has named Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne as the starting half backs.
In the pack Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent are in the front row with Mick Kearney and Scott Fardy behind them in the second row.
Rhys Ruddock captains the side from the blindside with Dan Leavy selected at openside and finally Caelan Doris selected at No. 8.
Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Conor O’Brien, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne, Michael Bent, Mick Kearney, Scott Fardy, Rhys Ruddock (Captain) , Dan Leavy, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Seán Cronin, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Ross Molony, Max Deegan, Hugh O’Sullivan, Ciarán Frawley, Noel Reid
Leinster v Connacht
Saturday December 22nd
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)