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European Champions Cup: Exeter v Leinster (Sun)


European Champions Cup Pool 1Venue: Sandy Park Date: Sunday, 10 December Kick-off: 17:30 GMTCoverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and local radioRobbie Henshaw returns to partner Garry Ringrose at centre as Leinster recall their available frontline players for Sunday’s Champions Cup game at Exeter.A hamstring injury ruled Henshaw out of Ireland’s game against Argentina while Ringrose played his first game of the season against Benetton a week ago.Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney all start.

Exeter make two changes from their win over Bath as Henry Slade and Jonny Hill come in for Sam Hill and Sam Skinner.Wales prop Tomas Francis, who like England centre Slade was rested for the Premiership champions’ 42-29 win last weekend, has to be content with a place on a Chiefs bench that also includes Jack Nowell.British & Irish Lions back Nowell made his return to action off the bench a week ago after being out for over a month because of a fractured eye socket.Exeter are captained by their Irish fly-half Gareth Steenson while another Ulsterman, Ian Whitten, will partner Slade at centre.Rob Baxter’s pack includes former England number eight Thomas Waldrom.Both Exeter and Leinster have won their opening Pool 3 games against Montpellier and Glasgow but the Irish province lead the table by two points after securing bonus points in both matches.Cian Healy is again preferred to Jack McGrath at loose-head prop while Ulster-bound back-row Jordi Murphy does not make the match-day squad, with Josh van der Flier named on the bench.Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter told BBC South West:”Every time you win a game your next game seems to feel bigger and bigger and ironically it’s the same when you lose a few games. “This is a very big game against Leinster at the weekend, but it’s a big game because we’ve won our last two games and are right up there challenging for an opportunity to qualify. “I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how well we can deal with a little bit of pressure of being towards the top end of the Premiership and doing well in the pool, and this game is not a game for us just to go out and enjoy, it’s a game for us to go out and achieve and win something.”Exeter Chiefs: Dollman; Short, Slade, Whitten, Woodburn; Steenson (capt), White; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams; Lees, Hill; Armand, Kvesic, Waldrom.Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Francis, Skinner, Simmonds, Chudley, Hill, Nowell.Leinster: R Kearney; McFadden, Ringrose, Henshaw, Nacewa; Sexton, McGrath; Healy, Cronin, Furlong; Toner, Fardy; Ruddock, O’Brien, Conan.Replacements: Tracy, J McGrath, M Bent, J Ryan, J van der Flier, J Gibson-Park, Byrne, Larmour
Source: Devon BBC