Scott Fardy to captain Leinster against Ospreys

Leo Cullen has made eight changes to the Leinster who face Ospreys on Friday evening at The Gnoll from the side which beat Cheetahs last weekend.

James Tracy is named at hooker in place of Rónan Kelleher who is on Guinness Six Nations duty with Ireland. Peter Dooley and Michael Bent complete the front row trio.

Josh Murphy and Scott Penny both come in to start in the back row. Rhys Ruddock, who started at blindside flanker last weekend, moves to number 8.

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Scott Fardy once again captains Leinster from the second row alongside Ross Molony.

There are five changes in the backline, Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrum-half in a half-back pairing with Ciarán Frawley who is retained from the win over Cheetahs.

Jimmy O’Brien once again starts at outside centre with Conor O’Brien replacing Joe Tomane to wear the ’12’ shirt.

There is an all-new back three with James Lowe on the left wing, Cian Kelleher, who came off the bench against Cheetahs on the right wing, and Hugo Keenan at full-back.

There are six Leinster Rugby Academy players among the replacements: Jack Aungier, Ryan Baird, Harry Byrne, Jack Dunne, Michael Milne and Tommy O’Brien.

Seán Cronin is also primed to appear from the bench along with Rowan Osborne who could make his fourth appearance of the season.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Cian Kelleher, Jimmy O’Brien, Conor O’Brien, James Lowe, Ciarán Frawley, Jamison Gibson-Park, Peter Dooley, 2. James Tracy, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Scott Fardy (c), Josh Murphy, Scott Penny, Rhys Ruddock

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Michael Milne, Jack Aungier, Jack Dunne, Ryan Baird, Rowan Osborne, Harry Byrne, Tommy O’Brien

Ospreys v Leinster

The Gnoll

Friday February 21st

Kick-off: 7.35pm