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European Champions Cup: Leinster v Exeter Chiefs (Sat)


European Rugby Champions Cup: Leinster v Exeter Chiefs Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 16 December Kick-off: 15:15 GMTCoverage: Preview, updates and match report on the BBC Sport websiteLeinster have made one enforced change for the return Champions Cup match against Exeter Chiefs with Josh van der Flier coming in for Rhys Ruddock.Ruddock has a rib injury and flanker Van der Flier’s inclusion sees a swap to the blind-side for Sean O’Brien. Exeter bring in England international Jack Nowell on the wing for James Short, who drops to the bench.

In the pack new England forward Sam Simmonds starts at number eight with Thomas Waldrom on the bench. Leinster top Pool Three and beat Exeter 18-8 at Sandy Park last weekend to make it three wins from three games.Exeter, who lie six points behind Leinster in second place, bring in Lachie Turner at full-back in place of the injured Phil Dollman.Up front, Ben Moon and Tomas Francis will pack down in the front row alongside Luke Cowan-Dickie, while Sam Skinner is given the nod at lock ahead of Jonny Hill.There are two changes on the Leinster bench with Andrew Porter in line to make his Champions Cup debut should he be introduced, while Dan Leavy has shaken off a hamstring injury to take his place in the match day 23.CHAMPIONS CUP POOL THREETeamPlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstBonus PtsPointsLeinster33007643214Exeter3201595708Montpellier3102707348Glasgow3003558711Following their defeat at home last weekend, Exeter boss Rob Baxter said: “We have to play better, it’s as simple as that.”Not only did we make a number of unforced errors – these can happen in a pressure game like last week – but when we looked at the game in detail, there were quite a lot of areas where we a little bit disjointed, a little bit unfocused, and in a tight game like it was, that can be the difference.”At the same time, there is no way you can leave Leinster out of the equation because they were hugely in it. “The way they played and the qualities they showed were part of the reason we found ourselves under pressure and making mistakes.” Leinster: R Kearney; F McFadden, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, I Nacewa (capt); J Sexton, L McGrath; C Healy, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, S Fardy, S O’Brien, J van der Flier, J Conan.Replacements: J Tracey, J McGrath, A Porter, J Ryan, D Leavy, J Gibson-Park, R Byrne, J Larmour.Exeter Chiefs: L Turner; J Nowell, H Slade, I Whitten, O Woodburn; G Steenson (capt), N White; B Moon, L Cowan-Dickie, T Francis, M Lees, S Skinner, D Armand, M Kvesic, S Simmonds.Replacements: J Yeandle, A Hepburn, H Williams, J Hill, T Waldrom, W Chudley, S Hill, J Short.
Source: Devon BBC