Mick Kearney to make Leinster debut this weekend

The Dubliner previously played with Connacht

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Leinster have named eight changes to the team that will face Cardiff Blues on Saturday, with three in the backs and five in the pack.

Zane Kirchner continues at full-back with Fergus McFadden coming into the starting XV having played against France last weekend for Ireland. On the left wing, Isa Nacewa captains the side, while Ben Te'o and Garry Ringrose continue their midfield partnership.There is a new half-back pairing with Eoin Reddan and Ian Madigan starting. It will be Madigan's 140th appearance for the province, with 788 points to his name to date.

There is a new half-back pairing with Eoin Reddan and Ian Madigan starting. It will be Madigan's 140th appearance for the province, with 788 points to his name to date.Cian Healy is the only player retained in the front row with Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong starting alongside him this week.

Cian Healy is the only player retained in the front row with Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong starting alongside him this week.

There is one significant change to the second row with Clontarf native Mick Kearney making his debut for Leinster having signed last summer. The lock, who has 68 Connacht caps to his name already, will be partnered by Hayden Triggs. Rhys Ruddock comes into the team at

Rhys Ruddock comes into the team at blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy moving from the number eight shirt onto the open side. That means a welcome return from injury for Jack Conan who has been out with an ankle injury for over three months. He last played against Wasps in the Champions Cup in November.

Leinster team to play Cardiff Blues

(15-9): Zane Kirchner, Fergus McFadden, Garry Ringrose, Ben Te'o, Isa Nacewa (capt), Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan. 

(1-9):  Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Mick Kearney, Hayden Triggs, Rhys Ruddock, Jordi Murphy, Jack Conan.

Replacements (16-23): Richardt Strauss, Peter Dooley, Mike Ross, Tom Denton, Dan Leavy, Nick McCarthy, Noel Reid, Adam Byrne.