Leinster have made a late change to their starting XV for their Champions Cup opener against Benetton with Rory O’Loughlin replacing Joe Tomane.
The 29-year-old New Zealand native has withdrawn from the matchday squad after suffering a tight hamstring during Friday’s captains run.
O’Loughlin is set to make an appearance in the centre alongside Garry Ringrose while Robbie Henshaw takes his place on the bench.
LATE CHANGE: Joe Tomane has been withdrawn from the starting XV with a tight hamstring from the Captain’s Run yesterday. @thelock112 starts in his place and @henshawrob comes onto the bench. #LEIvBEN pic.twitter.com/22RpDeJzy3
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) November 16, 2019
The Ireland international had previously been left out of the squad with an illness that also saw him miss last week’s dominant inter-provincial win over Connacht in the Sportsground.
Leinster have named a strong team as they get another European campaign underway with Johnny Sexton returning from international duty to captain the side.
Kick-off in the RDS Arena this afternoon is 3.15pm.
Leinster: Jordan Larmour, Dave Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Rory O’Loughlin, James Lowe, Johhny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.
Replacements: James Tracy, Peter Dooley, Michael Bent, Scott Fardy, Max Deegan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Robbie Henshaw.