Leinster’s Lion Rob Kearney is out of Saturday’s Magners League game with Glasgow Warriors due to illness.
Irish international Girvan Dempsey returns to his familiar role at full back in place of the Louth man, while Brian O’Driscoll returns to the team to partner Gordon D’Arcy in the center.
Other Lions Luke Fitzgerald and Jamie Heaslip also start with captain Shane Jennings and the outstanding Rocky Elsom joining Heaslip in the back row.
Devon Toner takes over from Leo Cullen in the second row with the latter dropping to a strong bench that also includes Sean O’Brien, Shane Horgan and Jonathon Sexton.
Leinster will be looking to bounce back against Scottish opposition after seeing their Magners League chances take a massive blow with the away loss to Edinburgh in the last round. They now lie third in the table, on equal points with The Ospreys, although the Welsh region have a game in hand.
Munster lead their provincial rivals by eleven points with three games to go.
Leinster: Girvan Dempsey; Isa Nacewa, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Felipe Contepomi, Chris Whitaker; Cian Healy, Bernard Jackman, Stan Wright; Devin Toner, Malcolm O'Kelly, Rocky Elsom, Shane Jennings (Capt), Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Ronan McCormack, Leo Cullen, Sean O'Brien, Chris Keane, Jonathan Sexton, Shane Horgan.