After a mini-break Leinster return to action for the first time in four weekends and Cullen has called upon a mixture of youth and experience as he welcomes Conference A rivals the Toyota Cheetahs to the RDS.
A total of 10 current or former Ireland internationals are named in the 23.
A number of players released from the Ireland camp for this weekend are chosen by Cullen in his starting XV, while four Academy players also make the match-day 23.
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In the centre Joe Tomane wears the number 12 jersey with Jimmy O’Brien outside him.
Luke McGrath is partnered by Ciarán Frawley in the half backs.
In the front row Offaly man Peter Dooley is joined by Rónan Kelleher, who was of course recently capped by Ireland for the first time against Scotland, while Michael Bent makes a welcome return from injury at tight head prop.
Ross Molony is joined by captain Scott Fardy in the second row.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Rob Kearney (217)
14. Fergus McFadden (182)
13. Jimmy O’Brien (14)
12. Joe Tomane (19)
11. Dave Kearney (146)
10. Ciarán Frawley (22)
9. Luke McGrath (121)
1. Peter Dooley (73)
2. Rónan Kelleher (10)
3. Michael Bent (132)
4. Ross Molony (93)
5. Scott Fardy (55) CAPTAIN
6. Rhys Ruddock (169)
7. Will Connors (13)
8. Max Deegan (60)
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
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