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At Twickenham, Saturday May 19, kick-off 5pm

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All eyes will be on Twickenham on Saturday afternoon as Leinster take on Ulster in an all-Irish Heineken Cup final.

Leinster are looking for a third title in four years and enter the match as hot favourites against an Ulster unit who will see their defence as the key to an upset.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has named Fergus McFadden on the right wing, with Isa Nacewa moving to the other flank to replace the injured Luke Fitzgerald.

Eoin Reddan, who came off the bench in Leinster's semi-final victory over Clermont Auvergne, starts in the final with Isaac Boss a replacement.

In the pack Kevin McLaughlin will start on the blindside, with Sean O'Brien at No 7 and Jamie Heaslip at No 8.

Shane Jennings, who played at openside in the famous victory over Clermont, is on the bench.

Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll have - as expected - shaken off their injury issues and start.

"Brian trained fully yesterday, he trained well, he is in good shape and he will play tomorrow," said Schmidt. "Rob had a run today, he is feeling comfortable and we are confident he will be out there as well tomorrow. I would say those two guys are pretty much 100%.

"There is no medical reason why they wouldn't be playing - and it's pretty hard for me to stop them if that's the case."

Afoa returns

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin welcomes back Chris Henry and John Afoa with the former recovering from the ankle injury which forced him to miss the semi-final victory over Edinburgh in Dublin.

He takes Willie Faloon's place on the openside flank, while All Black prop Afoa returns from a four-match suspension and displaces Declan Fitzpatrick in the front row.

"A number of players have come through a lot at Ulster, a lot of players are born and bred and there is something special playing in a final for Ulster," said hooker Rory Best.

"Brian has hammered that home in his time at Ulster and every signing has bought into that. That is what has made us such a close team.

"It would be that bit extra special because Ulster rugby are so special to so many of us."

Leinster: 15 R Kearney; 14 F McFadden, 13 B O'Driscoll, 12 G D'Arcy, 11 I Nacewa; 10 J Sexton, 9 E Reddan; 1 C Healy, 2 R Strauss, 3 M Ross, 4 L Cullen [capt], 5 B Thorn, 6 K McLaughlin, 7 S O'Brien, 8 J Heaslip

Replacements: 16 S Cronin, 17 H Van der Merwe, 18 N White, 19 D Toner, 20 S Jennings, 21 I Boss, 22 I Madigan, 23 D Kearney

Ulster: 15 S Terblanche; 14 A Trimble, 13 D Cave, 12 P Wallace, 11 C Gilroy; 10 P Jackson, 9 R Pienaar; 1 T Court, 2 R Best, 3 J Afoa, 4 J Muller [capt], 5 D Tuohy, 6 S Ferris, 7 C Henry, 8 P Wannenburg

Replacements: 16 N Brady, 17 P McAllister, 18 D Fitzpatrick, 19 L Stevenson, 20 W Faloon, 21 P Marshall, 22 I Humphreys, 23 A D'Arcy 

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