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Heineken Champions Cup: Leinster v Wasps

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Heineken Champions Cup: Leinster v Wasps

Johnny Sexton has received the European membership title 4 instances with Leinster
Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1
Venue: RDS Enviornment, Dublin Date: 12 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
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Defending champions Leinster have recalled a variety of their Eire internationals for Friday’s Champions Cup opener towards Wasps.

Johnny Sexton captains the aspect, with Luke McGrath coming in at scrum-half.

Jordan Larmour and Garry Ringrose come into the again division, with Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong forming a brand new front-row partnership.

Brad Shields, Lima Sopoaga and Willie Le Roux return to Wasps’ beginning line-up after Saturday’s loss to Gloucester.

After beginning Leinster’s win over Munster final Saturday, Sean O’Brien is among the many replacements whereas Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan are named within the again row, with Dan Leavy transferring from openside to blindside.

Leinster beat Racing 92 in last year’s final and have begun their Professional14 defence in spectacular type, main Convention B with six wins from their opening seven matches.

Shields has recovered from a cheekbone harm to start out in Wasps’ again row alongside Nizaam Carr and Thomas Younger, who makes his first begin of the 2018-19 marketing campaign.

Flanker Nathan Hughes misses out by means of suspension because the England worldwide waits to discover if he might be punished for punching Gloucester ahead Lewis Ludlow.

Sopoaga (neck) is match to play whereas South Africa full-back Le Roux returns from Rugby Championship duty having handed the return-to-play protocols after present process a head harm evaluation (HIA) final weekend.

Joe Simpson is recalled rather than Dan Robson, who’s out for roughly three months with an ankle harm, whereas Michael Le Bourgeois is added to the centres. Elliot Daly strikes to the wing rather than Christian Wade (sickness) and Georgian prop Zurabi Zhvania is handed a beginning spot within the entrance row.

Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Younger mentioned: “We have had the kick within the bottom going into this sport. It is as much as us to reply.

“It provides some depth when you consider who you might be taking part in. They’ve actually bought a high quality group. You do not win the European Cup accidentally.

“We’re below no illusions, we’re not going there as favourites however we’re wanting ahead to it. It is an incredible sport for us to be part of.”

Leinster: Kearney; Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (c), McGrath; Healy, Cronin, Furlong; Toner, Ryan; Leavy, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Tracy, McGrath, Porter, Fardy, O’Brien, McCarthy, Byrne, Tomane.

Wasps: Le Roux; Bassett, De Jongh, Le Bourgeois, Daly (c); Sopoaga, Simpson; Zhvania, Taylor, Brookes; Rowlands, Gaskell; Shields, Younger, Carr.

Replacements: Cruse, Harris, Stuart, Myall, Johnson, Hampson, Searle, Miller.

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