Sexton Misses Leinster’s European Cup Semi-final with Ulster

Leo Cullen says he wasn’t willing to risk Jonathan Sexton for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter final with Ulster

The out-half has been left out of the match day 23 for the game at the Aviva after suffering with what Cullen describes as a “leg niggle”.

Jordan Larmour starts at full back in place of Rob Kearney with Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney on the wings.


Rory O’Loughlin and Garry Ringrose are the centre partnership with Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne named in the half backs.

In the pack Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong are selected in the front row with Scott Fardy and James Ryan behind them in the second row.

Rhys Ruddock captains the side from blindside flanker, with Seán O’Brien on the openside and Jack Conan completing the pack at the base of the scrum.

On the bench Mick Kearney is in line to play his 50th game for the province for what might be his first game in the Champions Cup this season.

Andrew Porter is also in line to win his 50th cap from the bench.

Leinster: Jordan Larmour, Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Rory O’Loughlin, Dave Kearney, Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath, Cian Healy, Seán Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Scott Fardy, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Seán O’Brien, Jack Conan

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Mick Kearney, Dan Leavy, Jamison Gibson-Park, Noel Reid, Rob Kearney

Leinster v Ulster

Aviva Stadium

Kick Off: 5:45pm

Referee: Romain Poite (FRU)