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- RaboDirect PRO12
- 27th May 2012
- KO 16:00
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 18,500
Leinster v Ospreys: Teams
At RDS, Sunday May 27, kick-off 4pm
Leinster will look to claim the elusive double when they take on the Ospreys in the RaboDirect PRO12 final on Sunday.
Having already secured the Heineken Cup, following a comprehensive thumping of Ulster, Leinster turn their attentions to the domestic crown.
Joe Schmidt's side were in a similar position 12 months ago after toppling Northampton, however on that occasion they were denied the double as they lost to Munster.
Leinster, though, have remained fully focused this time around - although the Ospreys will be no pushovers.
They beat Leinster 23-22 back in March, while they also overcame them in the 2010 final.
Leinster have opted to rotate their pack following their win at Twickenham, with Devin Toner, Heinke van der Merwe and Shane Jennings coming in. Brad Thorn and Cian Healy, subject to a late fitness, drop to the bench, with Heineken Cup man-of-the-match Sean O'Brien ruled out with a knee injury.
The Ospreys have made just the one change to their line-up, with Rhys Webb getting the nod at scrum-half ahead of the benched Kahn Fotuali'i.
Shane Williams will start on the wing in what will be his final appearance for the region before his retirement.
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen (c), 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Cian Healy/Jack McGrath, 18 Nathan White, 19 Brad Thorn, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 John Cooney, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 David Kearney.
Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 James King, 20 Tom Smith, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Tom Isaacs.
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|TBC||Munster vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Ulster|
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|Saturday 13th September|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Munster|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Connacht|
|TBC||Ulster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Leinster vs Scarlets|
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|Saturday 20th September|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Munster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Leinster|
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|Saturday 27th September|
|TBC||Leinster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Munster vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Ulster|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Connacht|
|Saturday 4th October|
|TBC||Leinster vs Munster|
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