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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Leinster trio ready for comebacks

Kevin McLaughlin will put seven frustrating weeks behind him when he captains Leinster tomorrow.

The much anticipated debut of Ben Te'o will take place and Luke McGrath gets the nod over Isaac Boss at scrum-half.

In total, coach Matt O'Connor has made seven changes to the side which showed character to eclipse Castres in the Champions Cup.

Tadhg Furlong starts at tight-head as the next step in his development.

Richardt Strauss, Jack Conan and Tom Denton complete the five alterations to the forward eight.

Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Shane Jennings and Jordi Murphy are not quite match ready.

In the Ireland camp, prop Jack McGrath trained fully at Carton House and centre Gordon D'Arcy will be assessed in the days ahead.

Full-back Rob Kearney and prop Ross plan to train next week.

Munster prop James Cronin is waiting on the results from a specialist on his ankle injury.

Ulster's Tommy Bowe and Stuart Olding will both follow return-to-play procedures from concussion.

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