Leinster name team to face Ospreys

The Leinster team to face the Ospreys in Sunday's RaboDirect PRO12 Final in the RDS (KO: 4pm) has been named.

Leo Cullen leads a team which includes 13 Ireland internationals for the province’s third meeting of the season against the Welsh side. Cullen partners Devin Toner at second row with the Moynalvey man set to make his 97th appearance – and his 30th this season.

There are several changes to the pack with Heinke van der Merwe joining Ireland duo Sean Cronin and Mike Ross in the front row. Number eight Jamie Heaslip forms an experienced back row alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin – who makes his 75th Leinster appearance, while Sean O’Brien (knee) is an absentee.

The backline is unchanged from the side that started last weekend’s Heineken Cup final with Eoin Reddan linking up with Jonathan Sexton at half back and Gordon D’Arcy continuing at centre alongside Brian O’Driscoll.

Cian Healy (dead leg) will face a late fitness test, while All Black Brad Thorn is named amongst a strong replacements bench for Sunday’s sold out encounter.


15: Rob Kearney 14: Fergus McFadden 13: Brian O'Driscoll 12: Gordon D'Arcy 11: Isa Nacewa 10: Jonathan Sexton 9: Eoin Reddan

1: Heinke van der Merwe 2: Sean Cronin 3: Mike Ross  4: Leo Cullen  5: Devin Toner 6: Kevin McLaughlin 7: Shane Jennings 8: Jamie Heaslip


16: Richardt Strauss 17: Cian Healy/Jack McGrath 18: Nathan White 19: Brad Thorn 20: Dominic Ryan 21: John Cooney 22: Ian Madigan 23: David Kearney