Leinster boss Leo Cullen says it is an 'exciting challenge' for some of his young cubs as they look to extend the province's GUINNESS PRO12 winning streak by downing the Dragons at their Rodney Parade fortress.
Ahead of the Captain's Run this afternoon, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced his team for the GUINNESS PRO12 trip to Rodney Parade to face the Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night (kick-off 7.05pm).
Leinster may be out of the Champions Cup but showed last week against Bath how dangerous they can be with a score to settle and pride at stake. The province are targeting their first away win over English opposition since December 2013.
With a last-eight place secured after last week's away win over Moseley, Leinster 'A' are looking to seal a home quarter-final in the British & Irish Cup with a victory over Rotherham Titans at Donnybrook on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm).
Despite Leinster's chances of quarter-final qualification in the European Champions Cup being at an end, Tadhg Furlong still sees plenty to play for in Saturday's round 5 match against Bath at the RDS.
Leinster's Fergus McFadden appeared today in Edinburgh before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee, having been cited for stamping or trampling on an opponent in contravention of Law 10.4 (b) during the New Year's Day match against Connacht.
Despite the appalling weather conditions in some regions, which saw the second leg of the 1872 Cup switched from a waterlogged Scotstoun Stadium to BT Murrayfield, the GUINNESS PRO12 still attracted sell-out crowds to the New Year derby fixtures.
With six appearances and 118 minutes played for Leinster, 2015 will be a year Peter Dooley will look back on fondly. A debut off the bench against Edinburgh back in October 2014 and game-time with Leinster 'A' have helped him to prepare for taking that step up.