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Leinster name strong team to face Bath

Jan 21, 2022 12:01 By Dave Hooper
Leinster name strong team to face Bath Leinster name strong team to face Bath
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Cullen names squad for final Champions Cup pool game

Leo Cullen has named a strong Leinster side for their final Champions Cup pool game against Bath at the Rec tomorrow.

Captain Johnny Sexton returns to lead the side out, his first start for the province since the win over Scarlets in mid-October. Sexton is partnered in the half-backs by Luke McGrath.

Cullen has chosen the same back three from last week's 89-7 win over Montpellier at the RDS with Hugo Keenan in the number 15 jersey flanked by Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O'Brien.

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Garry Ringrose holds onto his spot in the centre but this week will be joined in midfield by Robbie Henshaw.

There's just one change to the pack from round three, Michael Ala'alatoa, a try-scorer from the replacements bench against Montpellier; comes in ahead of Tadhg Furlong.

Ala'alatoa goes in at tighthead alongside hooker Rónan Kelleher and loosehead Andrew Porter.

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Packing down behind them is the same duo of Ross Molony and Josh Murphy while the back row also remains unchanged, the trio of Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan.

On the bench, there's a potential European debut for Vakh Abdaladze should he enter the fray. Abdaladze is joined in reserve by Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Ryan Baird, Max Deegan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne and Ciarán Frawley.

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  1. Hugo Keenan
  2. Jordan Larmour
  3. Garry Ringrose
  4. Robbie Henshaw
  5. Jimmy O'Brien
  6. Johnny Sexton (C)
  7. Luke McGrath
  8. Andrew Porter
  9. Rónan Kelleher
  10. Michael Ala'alatoa
  11. Ross Molony
  12. Josh Murphy
  13. Caelan Doris
  14. Josh van der Flier
  15. Jack Conan

Replacements

  1. Dan Sheehan
  2. Cian Healy
  3. Vakh Abdaladze
  4. Ryan Baird
  5. Max Deegan
  6. Jamison Gibson-Park
  7. Ross Byrne
  8. Ciarán Frawley
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Leinster v Bath

Referee - Andrea Piardi (FIR)

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