Leinster v Scarlets teams for PRO14 final
Leinster face Scarlets in the final of the PRO14 this weekend.
The Welsh side stand in the way of the Blues completing an historic double.
Leo Cullen’s men have already won the Champions Cup, having defeated Saracens in the final, and are just 80 minutes away from securing a double.
Both sides will today name their starting XVs for the clash, which gets underway at 6pm on Saturday.
The coaches are due to name their respective sides at midday.
Leinster have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of the game, with Jonathan Sexton, Isa Nacewa and Dan Leavy all set to return.
Follow the team announcements live here throughout the day.
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Leinster team named!
Isa Nacewa, Johnny Sexton and Dan Leavy have all been passed fit for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium (6pm).
Nacewa, in his 185th and last game for the province, will lead the team out after overcoming calf, knee and rib issues as the province chase down a special double.
The 35-year-old will partner Garry Ringrose at centre in the absence of Robbie Henshaw, who is out with a knee injury.
The back three sees Rob Kearney at full-back with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe on the left after his man of the match performance against Munster last weekend.
Luke McGrath – who missed out this week on the Ireland tour to Australia – is selected at scrum-half, with Sexton back at no 10.
In the pack it’s the same front five that started the Champions Cup Final with Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong in the front row and Devin Toner and James Ryan in the second.
In the back row, Rhys Ruddock – who also misses out on Australia – is selected at blindside with Leavy, who is back from injury on the openside. Jack Conan is named at No. 8.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Rob Kearney (196)
14. Jordan Larmour (21)
13. Garry Ringrose (49)
12. Isa Nacewa (184) CAPTAIN
11. James Lowe (12)
10. Johnny Sexton (147)
9. Luke McGrath (94)
1. Cian Healy (190)
2. Seán Cronin (152)
3. Tadhg Furlong (83)
4. Devin Toner (217)
5. James Ryan (14)
6. Rhys Ruddock (141)
7. Dan Leavy (53)
8. Jack Conan (73)
16. James Tracy (65)
17. Jack McGrath (132)
18. Andrew Porter (29)
19. Scott Fardy (21)
20. Jordi Murphy (106)
21. Nick McCarthy (27)
22. Joey Carbery (36)
23. Rory O’Loughlin (41)
Scarlets have it all to do to avoid second Leinster lightning strike, says Pivac
Wayne Pivac says Leinster’s blue lightning will strike twice if his Scarlets don’t get their act together tomorrow.
The Welshmen arrive at the Aviva Stadium for their Captain’s Run this afternoon aiming to banish their most recent memory of the place – the five-try hammering by Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-finals.
Now the province are aiming to complete a special double by downing the Scarlets at Lansdowne Road again.
However there is some apprehension within the Leinster ranks that their rivals will retaliate with a massive performance as they bid to hold onto their Guinness PRO14 title.
“I think there’s pretty good respect between the two clubs,” said Scarlets supremo Pivac, who claims Leinster are “100 oer cent” deserving of their European crown.
“We’ve both progressed and most observers would think they weren’t expecting that result and most would think it probably wouldn’t happen twice – but stranger things have happened!
“It’s up to us to front up on Saturday and prove that theory right.”
Hello and welcome to our live blog for the team announcements ahead of the PRO14 final.
Excitement is building ahead of the big match and we are under two hours away from finding out who is in and who is out of the sides.
Leinster are odds-on favourites to win the game, having beaten the Welsh side by 22 points in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup just over a month ago.
The Blues have not won the PRO14 in four years and will be desperate to change that on Saturday and complete an historic double.
We’ll be bringing you live updates throughout the day ahead of the big game so follow all the build-up, action and reaction with IrishMirror.ie.
Both teams are to be named at 12pm today.