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RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Leinster v Ulster
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 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
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