The Leinster team to face Northampton Saints in Saturday's pre-season friendly at Franklin's Gardens (kick-off 2.30pm) has been named.
In the province's first pre-season game, head coach Matt O'Connor has given youth a chance with a number of Academy players in the starting line-up and more on the bench.
However, Leinster will be guided by the experienced half-back pairing of Isaac Boss and Jimmy Gopperth, with Gopperth captaining the side from the out-half position.
The 19-year-old Billy Dardis, one of those from the Leinster Academy, starts at full-back with Darragh Fanning and Sam Coghlan Murray on the right and left wing respectively.
Another member of the Academy, Jordan Coghlan, makes a welcome return from injury to start at inside centre with Brendan Macken lining up outside him.
In the pack three Academy players have been selected with Bryan Byrne starting at hooker and Josh van der Flier and Dan Leavy in the back row.
Elsewhere Michael Bent and Tadhg Furlong complete the front row with Ben Marshall and Tom Denton in the second row, while Emerging Ireland's IRB Nations Cup-winning captain Dominic Ryan starts at number 8.
New signing Sean McCarthy is amongst 13 players selected on the bench and available to O'Connor against the reigning European Challenge Cup and English Premiership champions.
Leinster play Ulster in their next pre-season fixture on Saturday week at Tallaght Stadium with tickets still on sale at www.leinsterrugby.ie/tickets.
LEINSTER (v Northampton Saints): Billy Dardis; Darragh Fanning, Brendan Macken, Jordan Coghlan, Sam Coghlan Murray; Jimmy Gopperth (capt), Isaac Boss; Michael Bent, Bryan Byrne, Tadhg Furlong, Ben Marshall, Tom Denton, Josh van der Flier, Dan Leavy, Dominic Ryan.
Replacements: Tyrone Moran, Sean McCarthy, Ed Byrne, Gavin Thornbury, Jonathan Slattery, Luke McGrath, Cathal Marsh, Adam Byrne, Nick McCarthy, Stevie Crosbie, Rory O'Loughlin, Michael McGrath, Cian Kelleher.
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Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
We caught up with Sean O'Brien at the Canterbury Ireland training kit launch where he spoke about next week's Barbarians game, the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and 'moving forward' with Leinster next season.
We caught up with Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald at the launch of the new Canterbury Ireland training kit. He spoke about his recovery from shoulder surgery and his aim to be fit for the Guinness Summer Series games in August.
Ireland Men's Sevens squad member Matthew D'Arcy is gearing up for a 'long and tough season' of Sevens rugby this summer. "It's very exciting (to be involved), there's a huge opportunity for us all," he said.
IRFU Director of Sevens and head coach Anthony Eddy talks about the Ireland Men's Sevens squad's upcoming tournaments and ambitions, while squad members Cian Aherne and Tom Daly tell us about their enthusiasm to play Sevens for Ireland.
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora speaks about the newly-announced Ireland Men's Sevens squad and structures, and we also hear from squad member Matthew D'Arcy on the training camps and how he got involved.
IRFU Women's Rugby Ambassador Fiona Coghlan played in three Rugby World Cups and captained Ireland to Grand Slam glory. She believes the 2017 Women's World Cup in Ireland will be a 'hugely successful and exciting' tournament.
Thrilled that the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup will be held on home soil, Ireland head coach Tom Tierney says there will be 'a lot of planning from a coaching and player point of view so that we give it our best shot and leave everything out on the field in 2017'.