The Leinster squad to face Toulouse in Saturday's Heineken Cup semi final in Le Stadium, Toulouse (KO: 3.45pm, Irish time) has been named.
Leo Cullen is one of 15 Ireland internationals named in the provisional panel which also includes the likes of Shane Horgan who has scored 26 tries in 77 Heineken Cup appearances for the province. Gordon D'Arcy, who has touched down on four occasions so far in this year's competition, is joined by Brian O'Driscoll's whose 28 career tries in Europe leaves him in third place in the overall standing.
Scotland's Nathan Hines and South Africa prop CJ van der Linde join Jonathan Sexton - who has kicked 60 points so far this year - in the extended squad and the team is expected to be named on Friday lunchtime.
Upwards of 4,000 Leinster supporters are expected to make the trip to the south of France this weekend. To facilitate those travelling, the Official Leinster Supporters Club, in association with Bank of Ireland, have published an away guide which can be downloaded on www.leinsterrugby.ie
Meanwhile, following the opening of public sale of next season's Leinster Season Tickets on Monday, over 8,500 places have already been booked for the 2010/11 season. Prices range from €99 (Junior members), €239 (adult) and €649 (family of four). The best prices are available under the 'Early Bird' offering which runs until June 1st. Visit www.leinsterrugby.ie for details.
Leinster squad to face Toulouse.
FORWARDS: Leo Cullen, John Fogarty, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Nathan Hines, Bernard Jackman, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh, Ronan McCormack, Kevin McLaughlin, Malcolm O'Kelly, Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Stan Wright
BACKS: Shaun Berne, Gordon D'Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Shane Horgan, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Paul O'Donohoe, Brian O'Driscoll, Eoin O'Malley, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton
REFEREE: Nigel Owens (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Small (RFU), James Jones (WRU), 4th OFFICIAL: Nigel Whitehouse (WRU), 5th OFFICIAL: Hugh Watkins (WRU), TMO: Derek Bevan (WRU)
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.