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Published: 12:24 | 19/5/16

One change for Leinster, Ulster stay the same

Leo Cullen has kept the changes to a minimum ahead of Leinster's Guinness PRO12 play-off against Ulster at the RDS Arena.

Cullen has made just one change from the team that secured a bonus point win over Benetton Treviso in the final round of games in the PRO 12, with Rob Kearney ruled out because of an ankle injury.

His absence sees Luke Fitzgerald returning to the side on the left wing with captain Isa Nacewa named at full-back and Dave Kearney starting on the right win. Ben Te'o and Garry Ringrose once again start in midield as Eoin Reddan and Johnny Sexton team up in the half-back line.

The front row of Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross is retained, while Devin Toner and Mick Kearney start in the second row. Rhys Ruddock, Jordi Murphy and Jamie Heaslip complete the pack.

There are changes to the bench as Jack Conan returns from injury along with Ian Madigan and Zane Kirchner.

Leinster (XV v Ulster): I Nacewa; D Kearney, G Ringrose, B Te'o, L Fitzgerald; J Sexton, E Reddan; J McGrath, R Strauss, M Ross, D Toner, M Kearney; R Ruddock, J Murphy, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, P Dooley, T Furlong, R Molony, J Conan, L McGrath, I Madigan, Z Kirchner.

There are no changes to the Ulster team for the trip to Dublin with director of rugby Les Kiss keeping faith in the same starting XV that defeated Ospreys last time.

Jared Payne once again starts at full-back and is joined in the back three by Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy as Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey team up in midfield. Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson are again named at half back.

Captain Rory Best, Callum Black and Ricky Lutton take their place in the front row with Pete Browne locking down with France van der Merwe in the second row.

It will be a special occasion for Chris Henry, who will win his 150th cap for the Province, after being named at openside flanker. He is joined in the back row by Iain Henderson and Sean Reidy.

Ulster (XV v Leinster): J Payne; A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Best, R Lutton, P Browne, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, S Reidy.

Replacements: R Herring, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, R Wilson, P Marshall, S Olding, D Cave.

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