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14th September 2012 10:07

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100 caps for Leinster: Devin Toner

Leinster welcome back a number of internationals for Saturday's PRO12 clash with Treviso at Stadio di Monigo.

Jamie Heaslip make his first appearance of the season and captains the team in an all-Ireland international back-row alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin.

Devin Toner becomes the 20th Leinster player to reach the 100 cap milestone and he is named at second row alongside Damian Browne.

Heinke van der Merwe, a second half replacement at the RDS victory last weekend, is joined in the front row by hooker Richardt Strauss and Ireland tight-head prop Mike Ross.

In the backline Fergus McFadden, who is set to make his 75th Leinster appearance, partners Brian O'Driscoll at centre.

Eoin Reddan links up at half-back alongside Jonathan Sexton, with Ian Madigan (fresh from an 18-point haul against the Dragons) shifting to full-back and both Fionn Carr and Andrew Conway continuing on the wings after starting Leinster's 45-25 victory last weekend.

Leo Cullen is one of three Ireland internationals named on the bench alongside Isa Nacewa.

Meanwhile, Treviso coach Franco Smith has named a side featureing 12 internationals and only one player classified as foreigner, Kiwi Dean Budd, who is on the bench.

In total, the starting XV boasts 352 international caps.

Three players player their first games this season: Tommaso Benvenuti comes in at outside centre; Tobias Botes is at scrum-half while Leonardo Ghiraldini features in the front row.

Luke McLean returns to the run-on side at full-back.

Form: Treviso won the opening game of the season against Ospreys but tripped up to Munster in round two of the RaboDirect PRO12. Treviso have lost their last five encounters with the Irish provinces. Leinster got back to winning ways with a 45-25 victory over Dragons at the RDS on Saturday. The Leinstermen have won their last seven fixtures against Italian opponents. Treviso's only previous victory over Leinster was 29-13 at Stadio Monigo on 18 September 2010.

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The teams:

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Edoardo Gori, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Corniel Van Zyl (c), 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Valerio Bernab, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Kristopher Burton.

Leinster: 15 Ian Madigan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Fergus McFadden, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip (c), 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Damian Browne, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Leo Cullen, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Isa Nacewa.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Kick-off: 19:05 local (18:05 BST)
Venue: Stadio di Monigo
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Carlo Damasco (Italy), Stefano Traversi (Italy)
Television match official: Stefano Marrama (Italy)
Timekeeper: Walter Borghetto (Italy)
Assessor: Giannino Cappellozza (Italy)

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