Josh van der Flier named in much-changed Leinster team to play Edinburgh

Josh van der Flier (left) and Adam Byrne (right) visited Greystones rugby club to meet the stars of the future.

Josh van der Flier has been named in a much-changed starting 15 for Leinster’s game against Edinburgh on Saturday in the Guinness Pro14.

The Wicklow man made a try-scoring return for his province from a knee injury last Saturday as Leinster romped to a 52-10 victory over the Dragons.

That victory kept Leinster in second-place in their Pro14 pool, one point behind Ulster and five points ahead of tomorrow’s opponents Edinburgh.

Leo Cullen named his squad for Saturday’s game earlier this afternoon, with Van Der Flier starting at openside flanker alongside Max Deegan and Jack Conan in the back-row.

He is just one of eight players to keep their starting berths from the game at the RDS last weekend as coach Leo Cullen rings the changes.

Cian Healy, James Tracy and Michael Bent come into the front-row in place of Ed Byrne, Seán Cronin and Andrew Porter, with Devin Toner coming into the second-row in place of Scott Fardy.

Meanwhile, Jamison Gibson-Park, who pitched in with two of Leinster’s seven tries last weekend, has to settle for a place on the bench at scrum-half as Luke McGrath comes in.

James Lowe comes in for David Kearney at left-wing, while Jordan Larmour switches from right-wing to full-back with Fergus McFadden slotting in on the flank.

Johnny Sexton will captain the side at fly-half in what will be his 150th appearance for his province

Leinster Vs Edinburgh in the Guinness Pro14 is kicks-off at the RDS at 7:35pm on Saturday, the 22nd of September, with tickets available from TicketMaster at: https://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/180054EAD2D5F63A?camefrom=CFC_IE_CLI_LEINSTER_RUGBY_TWEDI&brand=ie_leinster

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