5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland U19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday 14th December has been announced.
Ireland 'A' international Jamie Heaslip will captain Leinster for the first time tonight as they go in search of Magners League points against the Warriors.
MAGNERS LEAGUE: Friday, November 10
LEINSTER v GLASGOW WARRIORS, Donnybrook, 7.30pm
Team News: Leinster coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the side that accounted for the Dragons 35-13 last week for the visit of Glasgow to Donnybrook.
Wallaby international Chris Whitaker returns at scrum half to partner Christian Warner in an all-Australian half-back combination. Rob Kearney has shaken off an injury to start on the right wing, replacing Gary Brown. With Felipe Contepomi away with Argentina, Michael Berne steps in at inside centre.
Up front, Trevor Hogan comes back into the second row to link up with Lansdowne's Devin Toner.
Meanwhile, Glasgow, who are seventh in the table and six points behind Leinster, have winger Thom Evans back from injury while prop Moray Low will make his first senior start.
Canadian prop Kevin Tkachuk remains with squad for the trip to Dublin before travelling on international duty with Canada, and Colin Gregor returns from injury to join the bench.
The Warriors are without five players due to international action - John Beattie, Scott Lawson and Euan Murray (Scotland), Francisco Leonelli (Argentina) and Justin Va'a (Pacific Islands).
Leinster: Luke Fitzgerald; Rob Kearney, Kieran Lewis, Michael Berne, Denis Hickie; Christian Warner, Chris Whitaker; Ronan McCormack, Brian Blaney, Fosi Pala'amo, Trevor Hogan, Devin Toner, Stephen Keogh, Keith Gleeson, Jamie Heaslip (capt).
Replacements: Reggie Corrigan, Harry Vermaas, Adam Byrnes, Niall Ronan, Cillian Willis, Andrew Dunne, Gary Brown.
Glasgow: Rory Lamont; Hefin O'Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Tom Evans; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Fergus Thomson, Moray Low, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (capt), Andrew Wilson, John Barclay, Jon Petrie.
Replacements: Eric Milligan, Ben Prescott, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Sam Pinder, Colin Gregor, Scott Barrow.
Referee: James Jones (Wales)
Touch Judges: Ger English, Jonathan Peak (both Ireland)
Coach Speak: Michael Cheika (Leinster) - "We've made a few additions to the squad from last week - we're a little bit stronger in terms of our depth, but we know that there are a lot of areas that we can improve on from last week.
"Friday is a very important match for us in the context of the league. I'm quite happy with the likes of Cillian Willis and Ross McCarron coming in. It's an important part of their learning curve and it's all about having a balance.
"We're looking to be a breeding ground, but also to remain competitive."
Sean Lineen (Glasgow) - "We have to take advantage of the fact that we still have a number of our senior internationals with us. These guys have a point to prove and we're going over there (to Dublin) to make a statement.
"Our previous results against Leinster have always been very close, just a point or two difference sometimes, so we need to go across and show what we can do."
Match Odds: Paddy Power - To Win: Leinster 1/4, Glasgow 5/2; Draw: 22/1
PREVIOUS LEAGUE MEETINGS -
August 2001 - Leinster 39 Glasgow 11, Donnybrook
December 2001 - Semi-Final - Leinster 35 Glasgow 13, Lansdowne Road
September 2002 - Glasgow 25 Leinster 21, Hughenden
October 2003 - Glasgow 10 Leinster 31, Hughenden
April 2004 - Leinster 31 Glasgow 30, Donnybrook
November 2004 - Leinster 22 Glasgow 16, Donnybrook
April 2005 - Glasgow 23 Leinster 30, Hughenden
September 2005 - Leinster 26 Glasgow 21, Donnybrook
May 2006 - Glasgow 18 Leinster 21, Firhill
MATCH FACTS -
- Leinster have won three of their last four matches in the Magners League, and have won their last 11 matches at home in all competitions since last November
- Glasgow have won their last two games against GRAN Parma and Connacht, but away from home the Warriors have won just one of their last 19 encounters in all competitions since April 2005 - beating Munster 26-20 in the league at Thomond Park last February
- Leinster have won the last nine matches they have played against Glasgow since the Scottish side were victorious 25-21 at Hughenden in September 2002
- The absent Felipe Contepomi is Leinster's top scorer in the league with 80 points (2 tries, 11 conversions and 16 penalties) in seven games. Glasgow out-half Dan Parks has accumulated 67 points (2 tries, 9 conversions and 13 penalties) in eight outings. Parks has landed 22 of his 28 kicks at goal in the league so far for a 78.57% return
- Ireland winger Denis Hickie is Leinster's top try scorer in the league to date with three touchdowns in six appearances. Look out for the returning Rob Kearney on the other flank - he bagged a try in both of Leinster's wins over Glasgow last season. Interestingly, Andrew Dunne, during his first spell with the province, was a try scorer when the sides met in the league back in August 2001
- If the teams live up to their performances to date, a sin-binning or two looks likely tonight. Leinster have collected eight yellow cards - including three for prop Ronan McCormack - in the league so far, while the Warriors have had five players binned