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Thursday 14 December 2017

Seven Leinster changes

Coach Matt O'Connor is sticking with Jimmy Gopperth at fly-half and Ian Madigan at inside centre for Leinster's starter against Wasps in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Sunday at the RDS (KO 5.15).

O'Connor is banking on a return to form for Gopperth, paired up with Eoin Reddan at half-back, and the leadership instincts of number eight and captain Jamie Heaslip.

Dominic Ryan returns to the back row and Mike McCarthy holds off Kane Douglas to partner Devin Toner at lock in a side showing seven changes from the Zebre win last week.

Leinster: R Kearney; Z Kirchner, G D'Arcy, I Madigan, D Fanning; J Gopperth, E Reddan; J McGrath, S Cronin, M Ross, M McCarthy, D Toner, R Ruddock, D Ryan, J Heaslip (capt).

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