Leinster set for Heineken Cup last-16 derby

Apr 7, 2022 12:58 By Dave Hooper
Leinster set for Heineken Cup last-16 derby
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Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster's Heineken Cup last-16 derby with Connacht

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster team for tomorrows nights Heineken champions cup last-16 game with Connacht.

The return leg between the sides takes place next Friday, 15 April, at Aviva Stadium.

The St Mary's college man will be joined in the half-backs by Luke McGrath, playing inside the same back line that started against Munster.


Hugo Keenan remains at full-back with Jimmy O'Brien, scorer of four tries in Leinster's last European outing, and James Lowe on the wings.

Garry Ringrose once again partners Robbie Henshaw in midfield. In the pack, Cullen has made wholesale changes to the front five with Cian Healy, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony and Josh Murphy coming in.

The back row of Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan goes unchanged.


The replacements bench contains James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Michael Ala'alatoa, Devin Toner, Max Deegan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne and Ciarán Frawley.


  1. Hugo Keenan
  2. Jimmy O'Brien
  3. Garry Ringrose
  4. Robbie Henshaw
  5. James Lowe
  6. Johnny Sexton (C)
  7. Luke McGrath
  1. Cian Healy
  2. Dan Sheehan
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Ross Molony
  5. Josh Murphy
  6. Caelan Doris
  7. Josh van der Flier
  8. Jack Conan


  1. James Tracy
  2. Ed Byrne
  3. Michael Ala'alatoa
  4. Devin Toner
  5. Max Deegan
  6. Jamison Gibson-Park
  7. Ross Byrne
  8. Ciarán Frawley

Referee - Karl Dickson (RFU)

Leinster v Connacht

Friday 8th April


The Sportsground, Kick-off: 20:00

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