Scott Fardy will captain Leinster for the first time in a competitive fixture as they face the Southern Kings in the NMU Stadium on Sunday. Fardy stars in the second row with Ross Molony. There are seven personnel changes to the starting XV that secured a bonus point win away to Benetton Rugby last weekend in Treviso. Dave Kearney returns from injury to make his first start since the home win over Dragons in September. Adam Byrne and Joe Tomane retain their places in the back three from last week.