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Leinster Expected To Name Unchanged XV For Saracens Clash

Leinster are set to name the same XV that defeated Toulouse on Easter Sunday for their upcoming Heineken Champions Cup final this weekend. 

Gavin Cummiskey of the Irish Times reports that Leo Cullen is set to stick with the same side for their clash with Saracens meaning that Scott Fardy will retain his place ahead of Rhys Ruddock.

Ruddock was due to start at blindside flanker for the game with Toulouse, however, concussive symptoms on the eve of the game opened the door for former Wallabies forward, Fardy, to step in and play a pivotal role in getting Leinster to the final.

Fardy came in for the semi-final and scored a try as well as being crucial for Luke McGrath’s try. The Australian was dominant at the breakdown and an all-around thorn in the side of the French giants.

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Ruddock will return to the squad and the Ireland international is expected to be used off the bench on Saturday.

Sean Cronin limped from the field after half an hour against Toulouse. The hooker was struck down with a calf injury but is expected to be fit this weekend as Leinster go in search of a fifth European Cup.

James Lowe looks set to keep his place on the wing after a strong display at the Aviva Stadium. Jamison Gibson-Park has suffered a hamstring tear which means that Leo Cullen is not left with the difficult decision of choosing who the foreign contingent in the squad will be.

Probable Leinster side to face Saracens: Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Scott Fardy, Sean O’Brien, Jack Conan.

 

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