Leinster And Exeter Name Their Sides For What Could Be The Game Of The Weekend

The Champions Cup has finally returned and the next three days will hopefully deliver us some great entertainment. 

The action gets underway tonight when the Glasgow Warriors host Montpellier at Scotstoun in Pool 3 and the other fixture from that pool sees Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs host Leinster at Sandy Park on Sunday night.

You can’t ask for a better fixture to cap off a weekend of rugby and with the excellent form shown by both teams in their respective domestic competitions, we could be in for one of the games of the competition this season.

Both Leo Cullen and Rob Baxter have named their sides ahead of the eagerly anticipated tie and their selection reflects the magnitude of the fixture with two very strong sides set to take to the pitch on Sunday.

Cullen has recalled a number of his Irish contingent with the likes of Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Jonathan Sexton, Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong and Devin Toner all returning.

15. Rob Kearney (188)

14. Fergus McFadden (158)

13. Garry Ringrose (40)

12. Robbie Henshaw (16)

11. Isa Nacewa (175) CAPTAIN 

10. Johnny Sexton (139)

9. Luke McGrath (83)

1. Cian Healy (180)

2. Seán Cronin (139)

3. Tadhg Furlong (72)

4. Devin Toner (205)

5. Scott Fardy (8)

6. Rhys Ruddock (138)

7. Seán O’Brien (112)

8. Jack Conan (61)

16. James Tracy (51)

17. Jack McGrath (119)

18. Michael Bent (96)

19. James Ryan (5)

20. Josh van der Flier (54)

21. Jamison Gibson-Park (38)

22. Ross Byrne (35)

23. Jordan Larmour (8)

Meanwhile, Baxter has made just two changes to the Exeter team which thumped Bath last time out. England international Henry Slade come into the centre for Sam Hill, while up front Jonny Hill gets the nod over Sam Skinner in the Exeter engine room.

Another boost for the Chiefs is the return of Jack Nowell who takes up the utility back spot on the bench.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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