Injured Sean O'Brien misses Leinster's clash with Clermont

Meanwhile, Isa Nacewa wins his 50th European cap

Sean O’Brien

Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Leinster will be without the injured Sean O'Brien for Sunday's Champions Cup semi-final clash with French side ASM Clermont.

O'Brien has been ruled out with tightness in his hamstring and will be reassessed ahead of next week's clash with Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO12.

Isa Nacewa will captain the side and earn his 50th Euroepan cap. He starts on the left wing, while Fergus McFadden also returns to the side. Joey Carbery is retained at fullback.

There's an unchanged centre partnership of Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose, while Luke McGrath and Johnny Sexton will line out in the half back position. 

Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Tadhg Furlong make up Leinster's front row, while in the second row Devin Toner and Hayden Triggs are retained.

Rhys Ruddock comes into the side at blind side flanker, while Dan Leavy will take up his new position at open side. Jack Conan continues at number 8.

It's been a busy week for some of Leinster's first team, five of whom were included in this year's British and Irish Lions squad the Tour of New Zealand.

Leinster XV to face Clermont

15. Joey Carbery 

14. Fergus McFadden

13. Garry Ringrose 

12. Robbie Henshaw 

11. Isa Nacewa (C)

10. Johnny Sexton

9. Luke McGrath 

1. Jack McGrath 

2. Richardt Strauss

3. Tadhg Furlong 

4. Devin Toner 

5. Hayden Triggs 

6. Rhys Ruddock 

7. Dan Leavy 

8. Jack Conan 

Replacements

16. Seán Cronin 

17. Peter Dooley 

18. Michael Bent

19. Ross Molony 

20. Josh van der Flier 

21. Jamison Gibson-Park 

22. Ross Byrne

23. Zane Kirchner

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