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RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Leinster v Ulster
- No red faces for Scarlets
- Edinburgh end losing streak
- Munster ease past Connacht
- Madigan puts Leinster on top
Leinster make seven changes ahead of Saturday's derby against Ulster at the RDS Arena as an array of internationals return to RaboDirect PRO12 action.
Rob Kearney will start at full-back for the hosts alongside his brother Dave and Isa Nacewa in the back three.
Leinster's most capped player Gordon D'Arcy starts his 219th game for the side partnered by Brendan Macken in the midfield.
Ireland forwards Cian Healy and Mike Ross are back in the starting XV, while Richardt Staruss returns at hooker after his injury lay-off.
Jamie Heaslip is also back to captain Leinster from the back row, while his Ireland teammates Sean Cronin, Leo Cullen and Rhys Ruddock are all named on the bench.
Meanwhile, Ulster coach Mark Anscombe is also ringing the changes with six replacements to the side which lost 14-8 to Edinburgh last week, their third defeat in as many games.
Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar and flanker Chris Henry are both back in the starting line-up following spells out injured.
Nick Williams returns at number eight after his return to action in the second half at Murrayfield last weekend, while Ireland internationals Rory Best and Craig Gilroy slot back into the side following the Six Nations.
Prop John Afoa remains in New Zealand for the birth of his third child meaning Ricky Lutton makes his first Ulster as does his partner in the front row Kyle McCall.
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Jamie Heaslip (capt), 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Leo Cullen, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 John Cooney, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Andrew Conway
Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Nick Williams 7 Chris Henry, 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (capt), 3 Ricky Lutton, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Calum Black, 18 Kyle McCall, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Iain Henderson, 21 Roger Wilson , 22 Paul Marshall, 23 Peter Nelson
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th September|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys|
|Zebre 13 - 6 Ulster|
|Friday 26th September|
|Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Glasgow 39 - 21 Connacht|
|Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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