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Exeter have made three changes to their line-up as they look to derail Leinster's Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes on Saturday.

Defending champions Leinster are chasing a bonus-point win in a bid to claim one of the two best runners-up qualification spots for the last eight.

However Exeter only lost 9-6 in the opening pool game in Dublin and will fancy their chances of causing an upset at Sandy Park.

Head coach Rob Baxter has recalled Sireli Naqelevuki and Ian Whitten to the back division after Phil Dollman and Gonzalo Camacho were sidelined through injury.

In the pack Australia lock Dean Mumm is given the nod over James Hanks, while Ben White and Nic Sestaret have been added to the bench.

Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss returns to the Leinster line-up after a month out with an ankle injury.

Sean O'Brien, Kevin McLaughlin, Brian O'Driscoll and Eoin Reddan also return to the Leinster starting line-up following the comprehensive win over the Scarlets.

Leinster last failed to reach the quarter-finals back in 2008 - and have lifted the trophy for the past two seasons.

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Ian Whitten, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Kevin Barrett, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Tom Hayes (c), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Neil Clark, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 James Hanks, 20 Ben White, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Ignacio Mieres, 23 Nic Sestaret.

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Isa Nacewa, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Heinke Van der Merwe, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Rhys Ruddock, 20 Shane Jennings, 21 Issac Boss, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Fergus McFadden.

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter

"It would be a fantastic achievement if we could finish with a win, primarily because of the pressure Leinster are under pressure to come here and win and chase a bonus point.

"They will be coming here full-on, which is good for us, and the kind of scenario we want to play in.

"This has been a tough group for us this season, but we've won two out of five games so far, and I would love us to say at the end we've won three out of six. To get a statistic like that, especially in our first season in the Heineken Cup, would be a fantastic achievement and something for us to build from."

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