Leinster make only a few changes to the team that conclusively defeated Toulouse last week, as they travel to play Wasps, a win guaranteeing a home quarter final.
Still no Johnny Sexton or Rob Kearney, but this week sees the long awaited return of both Robbie Henshaw and Seán O’Brien from injury. Devin Toner and Jack McGrath also make a return to the starting line up.
|Zurabi Zhvania||1||Jack McGrath|
|Tom Cruse||2||Seán Cronin|
|Jake Cooper-Woolley||3||Tadhg Furlong|
|Joe Launchbury (Captain)||4||Devin Toner|
|Will Rowlands||5||James Ryan|
|Brad Shields||6||Rhys Ruddock (Captain)|
|Nizaam Carr||7||Josh van der Flier|
|Nathan Hughes||8||Jack Conan|
|Dan Robson||9||Jamison Gibson-Park|
|Lima Sopoaga||10||Ross Byrne|
|Elliot Daly||11||Dave Kearney|
|Gaby Lovobalavu||12||Robbie Henshaw|
|Michele Campagnaro||13||Garry Ringrose|
|Josh Bassett||14||Adam Byrne|
|Rob Miller||15||Jordan Larmour|
|Ashley Johnson||16||James Tracy|
|Ben Harris||17||Cian Healy|
|Will Stuart||18||Andrew Porter|
|Charlie Matthews||19||Scott Fardy|
|Ben Morris||20||Seán O’Brien|
|Craig Hampson||21||Hugh O’Sullvan|
|Billy Searle||22||Noel Reid|
|Marcus Watson||23||Rory O’Loughlin|
Really this is about getting a win. First things first, we need to secure four points. Wasps are going to make that as difficult as possible. They have pride to play for but also there are some fringe England players who will want to impress in this last shop window game before the Six Nations.
Ireland and England will play on the first weekend of this year’s competition and we will see a potential preview of some of the match-ups on Sunday.
Edinburgh defeated Montpellier last night. Why is that important? It means that the strange combination of results that, combined with a loss tomorrow, would have meant that Leinster not progress, can now not happen. We have qualified for the quarter finals.
A win tomorrow will give put us into the top four places, guaranteeing a home quarter final, above Edinburgh. We would also finish above the winner of Munster’s pool; they play the Exeter Chiefs. If the Chiefs win with a bonus point and deny Munster one, they will progress instead of the home team.