Sexton Returns To Captain Leinster

Johnny Sexton returns to captain Leinster with a host of Irish internationals as they face Bath in Round three of the Heineken Champions Cup.

There is a return for a host of Irish internationals and a welcome return from injury for a number of players. Rob Kearney starts at full back with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.

In the centre Noel Reid partners Garry Ringrose, while in the half backs Luke McGrath starts at nine with captain Johnny Sexton outside him at ten.

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In the front row Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong are named with Devin Toner and James Ryan completing the tight five.

In the back row Rhys Ruddock, winning his 150th cap, Josh van der Flier and the fit again Dan Leavy complete the pack.

On the bench Carlow’s Ed Byrne is in line to make his European debut. The 25 year old, who made his Leinster debut in 2014, has though been blighted by injury and missed 28 months with two separate knee injuries.

The loosehead prop has though been on a good run of form and games over the last 12 months with 23 games played in that time.

Leinster: Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Noel Reid, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath, Cian Healy, Seán Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Dan Leavy

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Ross Molony, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Bath v Leinster
Saturday December 8
Kick off 3:15pm