Injured Sexton, Toner and Jack McGrath are not available for selection against Toulouse. Nor is Henshaw deemed fit enough to return to action.
Leinster’s weakened team, which also does not feature Rob Kearney, will attempt to turn the tables on Toulouse, having narrowly lost by a point to them back in October in the south of France.
|Cian Healy||1||Clément Castets|
|Seán Cronin||2||Julien Marchand (Captain)|
|Tadhg Furlong||3||Charlie Faumuina|
|Scott Fardy||4||Richie Arnold|
|James Ryan||5||Joe Tekori|
|Rhys Ruddock (Captain)||6||Francois Cros|
|Josh van der Flier||7||Rynhardt Elstadt|
|Jack Conan||8||Jerome Kaino|
|Luke McGrath||9||Antoine Dupont|
|Ross Byrne||10||Thomas Ramos|
|Dave Kearney||11||Yoann Huget|
|Rory O’Loughlin||12||Romain Ntamack|
|Garry Ringrose||13||Sofiane Guitoune|
|Adam Byrne||14||Cheslin Kolbe|
|Jordan Larmour||15||Maxime Médard|
|James Tracy||16||Peato Mauvaka|
|Ed Byrne||17||Cyril Baille|
|Andrew Porter||18||Dorian Aldegheri|
|Ross Molony||19||Piula Faasalele|
|Max Deegan||20||Louis Madaule|
|Jamison Gibson-Park||21||Alban Placines|
|Noel Reid||22||Sébastien Bézy|
|Conor O’Brien||23||Zack Holmes|
A strong front row is backed up by solid experience in the second in Fardy, and James Ryan’s unlikely speed and strength that matches his height. The back row is about as good as it gets with Ruddock (captain), van der Flier and Conan.
The backs are by comparison inexperienced with 68.5 appearances on average compared to the 102.5 for the forwards. Kearney and McGrath make up nearly half of the caps.
Still though, Ross Byrne is a safe pair of hands with which to orchestrate some magic. I expect a few kicks to the sidelines for Adam Byrne and Kearney to get at throughout the match.
Garry Ringrose and Rory O’Loughlin make an exciting centre partnership. Playing against Toulouse, who like to play openly, this has the potential to be an explosive game. Don’t blink, don’t go for a pint, don’t even talk to your neighbour. If you’re watching at home, be ready to pause and rewind.