O’Driscoll and D’Arcy back for Leinster as Bent starts at loose-head

Patrick McCarry

Leinster have picked a full-strength XV for their RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Munster, with one glaring omission. Both Cian Healy and Jack McGrath miss out through injuries so Michael Bent will start at loose-head.

Bent, who was famously called into the Ireland squad last season before winning his first Leinster cap, will start for the Blues at the Aviva Stadium, on Saturday, with Jack O’Connell as back-up.

The Leinster backline is a formidable one, with Brian O’Driscoll partnering Gordon D’Arcy in midfield and Luke Fitzgerald and Fergus McFadden on the wings. Rob Kearney is named fullback while the half-back pairing is Ian Madigan and Eoin Reddan.

Martin Moore and Michael Bent
Martin Moore and Michael Bent

Bent is joined by Six Nations-winning tight-head Mike Ross and Richardt Strauss. Devin Toner is joined by Mike McCarthy in the second row while Kevin McLaughlin and Shane Jennings welcome Jamie Heaslip to the back row.

LEINSTER: R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald; I Madigan, E Reddan; M Bent, R Strauss, M Ross; D Toner, M McCarthy; K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Heaslip (capt.).

Replacements: S Cronin, J O’Connell, E Byrne, L Cullen, J Murphy, I Boss, J Gopperth, Z Kirchner.

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