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Published: 10:24 | 8/1/16

Leinster make six changes

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made six changes to his starting XV for Friday's Guinness PRO12 game against Ospreys.

Rob Kearney gets the nod at full-back and is joined in the back three by his brother Dave and Isa Nacewa, who will captain the side from the right wing. Luke Fitzgerald comes into the starting XV at inside centre, while Ben Te'o moves to outside centre.

Johnny Sexton has recovered from the knee injury he sustained against Connacht and takes his place in the half-backs where he is joined by Luke McGrath.

Tadhg Furlong comes in to join Jack McGrath and Richardt Strauss in the front row as Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy once again team up in the second row.

The back row sees Rhys Ruddock joined by Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip.

Leinster (XV v Ospreys): R Kearney; I Nacewa, B Te'o, L Fitzgerald, D Kearney, J Sexton, L McGrath; J McGrath, R Strauss, T Furlong, D Toner, M McCarthy, R Ruddock, S O'Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, P Dooley, M Moore, T Denton, D Ryan, E Reddan, I Madigan, N Reid.

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