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Leinster v Ospreys (Sat)

Venue: Royal Dublin Showground Date: Saturday, 29 May Kick-off: 1830 BST
Coverage: Live on S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online, score updates on BBC Sport website highlights on Scrum V, Sunday, 30 May (BBC TWO Wales & online, 1730 BST)

Mike Phillips and Alun Wyn Jones
Mike Phillips and Alun Wyn Jones are British and Irish Lions and Wales stars

South African prop CJ van der Linde replaces Cian Healy in Leinster's front row for their Magners League Grand Final clash with Ospreys on Saturday.

Injury-plagued van der Linde is to make his final Leinster appearance before leaving at the end of the season while lock Leo Cullen (shoulder) is out.

Former All Black flanker Jerry Collins is fit as the Ospreys name an unchanged side boasting 15 internationals.

Both clubs are bidding for a record third Magners League crown in Dublin.

Ireland flanker Shane Jennings will lead Leinster, the 2009 European champions, with Malcolm O'Kelly lining up alongside Nathan Hines in the second row in a team that includes 10 Ireland internationals.


Jennings continues his back-row partnership with Kevin McLaughlin and Jamie Heaslip.

Eoin Reddan, meanwhile, partners Jonathan Sexton at half-back with Gordon D'Arcy lining up alongside Brian O'Driscoll at centre.

Van der Linde starts in the front row alongside John Fogarty and Stan Wright in what will be coach Michael Cheika's last game as Leinster coach before joining French giants Stade Francais in the summer.

Leinster and Ospreys finished first and second in the table and the Irish province were Magners League champions in 2002 and 2008 while the Welshmen lifted the domestic trophy in 2005 and 2007.

New Zealander Collins, who won the Ospreys fans and players' player of the year award double, will be fit for the decider despite taking a heavy blow to the head in the semi-final win over Glasgow.

Ospreys' Jerry Collins
Ex-New Zealand international Jerry Collins won the Ospreys' players award

Cheika spoke of Cullen's disappointment at missing out on the decider and revealed that Sean O'Brien is also ruled out of the game because of injury.

"It's hard for Leo because he has battled all season and leads us well," said Cheika, who revealed that Cullen has already had a shoulder operation.

"It was an important decision for him to make - to get that sorted out straight away."

Cullen's absence means that Malcolm O'Kelly will have a playing farewell at the Royal Dublin Society.

The Ospreys' only defeat in their last five regular league games came at Leinster, where they have only won once, on 16 April when they lost 20-15 - one of six consecutive defeats to the Irish side.

However, the Welsh region beat Glasgow in an uncompromising encounter to reach the final.

Ospreys coaching boss Scott Johnson says their efforts since losing 29-28 in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals to Biarritz in San Sebastian have been gutsy.

He said: "We've done a wonderful job when you consider our run after Biarritz and the hardship from that to now.

Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones Jones relishing Magners 'showpiece'

"I think it's not only credit to the organisation, it's a credit to the players. It's a gutsy effort and I don't care what anyone says, not too many sides would have been able to do what we've done.

"And I think we've got one more hurdle and it would be nice to get over.

"It'll be a tough old game. To be fair I think Leinster and us have been the form teams in the Magners over the duration of the season

"I think it's probably a fair representation that we both get in the national team so it'll be a pretty good knock-out blow for us to do it over there.

"They haven't been beaten there too often, but it would be nice to create a bit of history. I think it will be a pretty, pretty intense battle, which is good.

"It's good for the sport, it's good for the team and we're battle-hardened, I'm hoping they're battle weary."

Leinster: Rob Kearney; Shane Horgan; Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy; Isa Nacewa; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Stan Wright, John Fogarty, CJ van der Linde, Nathan Hines, Malcolm O'Kelly, Kevin McLaughlin, Shane Jennings (capt), Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy/Mike Ross, Trevor Hogan, Stephen Keogh, Paul O'Donohoe, Fergus McFadden, Girvan Dempsey

Ospreys: Lee Byrne; Tommy Bowe, Andrew Bishop, James Hook; Shane Williams; Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Huw Bennett, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Jonathan Thomas, Jerry Collins, Marty Holah, Ryan Jones (capt)
Replacements: Ed Shervington, Ryan Bevington, Ian Gough, Filo Tiatia, Jamie Nutbrown, Gareth Owen, Nikki Walker

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