Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced a strong squad for his team’s Champions Cup game with Lyon at the RDS this Sunday at 13 00.
In what is an experienced line-up, Scott Fardy is named as captain, while the likes of Dave Kearney, Cian Healy and Devin Toner among those in the starting line-up.
In the front-row Healy is joined by James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong, while Toner and Fardy join-up in the second-row with the front-five having a combined total of over 700 caps for the province between them.
In the back-row, last weekend’s man of the match Rhys Ruddock is in at blindside-flanker, while Josh van der Flier comes in on the openside and Max Deegan remains at No 8 following his incredible form so far this season.
Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne link-up in the half-back pairing, while Henshaw is joined in the centre by Garry Ringrose, who has scored eight tries in five games so far this season.
James Lowe takes his place on the left-wing, with Kearney on the right and Jordan Larmour completes the starting XV from full-back.
On the bench there is even more experience to call upon for Cullen with the likes of Sean Cronin, Ross Molony and Rob Kearney among the replacements.
Speaking ahead of the game full-back Larmour is expecting a tough game against the team currently sitting second in the Top 14.
“Lyon are a serious team. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to. They’ve got serious threats out wide and up front,” he said.
Leinster will hope to make it five wins from five in Pool 1 of the Champions Cup, which they have already qualified for the knock-out stages for. While a win will also continue their winning streak this season, stretching it to 15 in a row, but will face a tough test against the French outfit.
Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below.
15. Jordan Larmour (44)
14. Dave Kearney (144)
13. Garry Ringrose (70)
12. Robbie Henshaw (42)
11. James Lowe (39)
10. Ross Byrne (82)
9. Luke McGrath (119)
1. Cian Healy (214)
2. James Tracy (104)
3. Tadhg Furlong (106)
4. Devin Toner (242)
5. Scott Fardy (54) (c)
6. Rhys Ruddock (167)
7. Josh van der Flier (78)
8. Max Deegan (58)
16. Seán Cronin (176)
17. Peter Dooley (71)
18. Andrew Porter (60)
19. Ross Molony (91)
20. Caelan Doris (27)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (83)
22. Ciarán Frawley (20)
23. Rob Kearney (215)
Sio poised for Exeter debut
Australia prop Scott Sio is set to start for his Exeter Chiefs debut as the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup winners visit Gloucester Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night.
The 31-year-old, who could get his first taste of EPCR competition when Exeter travel to Castres Olympique in their Heineken Champions Cup Pool A opener on December 10, comes in as one of five changes to the side that started last Saturday’s 22-20 defeat to Saracens.
Captain Jack Yeandle comes in at hooker, with flanker Lewis Pearson the other change in the pack, while fit-again wing Josh Hodge is handed a start along with centre Rory O’Loughlin.
Gloucester, who welcome Union Bordeaux-Bègles in their first Heineken Champions Cup Pool A fixture, also on December 10, have made four alterations to the starting XV for their 22-21 win at London Irish a week ago.
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Prop Harry Elrington and lock Cam Jordan are brought in, with Ben Morgan starting at No.8 as Ruan Ackermann shifts to blindside flanker. Lloyd Evans is also called up at full-back, with Santiago Carreras switching to the wing.
Leinster Rugby are the other Heineken Champions Cup side in action on Friday as they make the trip to Scarlets in the United Rugby Championship.
The Irish province are much-changed from their 27-13 victory over Munster Rugby last Saturday, with flanker Scott Penny the only player to retain his place.
Centre Charlie Ngatai, fly-half Ross Byrne, prop Ed Byrne and lock Ross Molony are all involved for last season’s Heineken Champions Cup runners-up, while Tadgh McElroy, Charlie Tector and Ben Brownlee are all potential debutants from the bench.
Racing 92 v Leinster set for Le Havre
The EPCR have this morning confirmed the full 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup pool stage fixture dates, kick-off times, venues and TV coverage, including the venue for the December clash between Leinster Rugby and Racing 92 in France.
EPCR had already confirmed this week that BT Sport, as well as RTÉ, ITV and S4C, have all agreed multi-year partnerships for the new broadcast cycle in Ireland and the UK.
BT Sport, who have been a partner since 2015, have recommitted as lead broadcaster in Ireland and the UK until the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.
In addition, RTÉ, has come on board in Ireland to provide free-to-air coverage.
RTÉ has already confirmed that it will broadcast both Leinster Rugby home games in the pool stages of the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup on free-to-air on RTÉ2 television and on RTÉ Player.
The agreements with RTÉ and ITV, which will see each broadcaster cover one Heineken Champions Cup match per round in Ireland and in the UK – including the Final – on a free-to-air basis, also run until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Click HERE for the full 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup pool stage fixtures.
Leinster Rugby will start their campaign on Saturday, 10 December against three-time finalists, Racing 92, in Pool A and that game will be broadcast on BT Sport. The game will be played at the 25,000-capacity Stade Océane in Le Havre.
On Friday, 16 December 2022, at 8pm, Leinster Rugby will host Gloucester Rugby at the RDS Arena for the Round 2, Pool A encounter (live on RTÉ TV).
After the Christmas break, on Saturday 14 January 2023, it’s the return leg, as Leinster visit Kingsholm Stadium to take on Gloucester with a 1pm kick-off (live on ITV).
On the following Saturday, the final game of the pool stages sees Leinster welcome Racing 92 to Aviva Stadium with a 3.15pm start (live on RTÉ).
Ticketing information will be emailed to season ticket holders in the first instance with public sale thereafter.
2022/23 key dates
Round 1 – 9/10/11 December 2022
Round 2 – 16/17/18 December 2022
Round 3 – 13/14/15 January 2023
Round 4 – 20/21/22 January 2023
Round of 16 – 31 March – 1/2 April 2023
Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 20 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
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RTÉ To Broadcast Munster Home Champions Cup Fixtures
RTÉ have today confirmed fixture details for both of Munster’s home Heineken Champions Cup Pool fixtures against Toulouse and Northampton Saints.
See home fixture details below with details yet to be confirmed for our away games.
Ticket details will be released shortly.
Heineken Champions Cup Fixtures
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Round 1: Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain, Thomond Park, 3.15pm;
December 16/17/18, 2023
Round 2: Northampton Saints v Munster Rugby, TBC;
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Round 3: Munster Rugby v Northampton Saints, Thomond Park, 3.15pm;
January 20/21/22, 2023
Round 4: Stade Toulousain v Munster Rugby, TBC;
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