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Keogh To Lead Leinster ‘A’

Keogh To Lead Leinster ‘A’

Versatile back rower Stephen Keogh has been selected to captain Leinster ‘A’ against Saracens ‘A’ in Thursday’s friendly match at Old Albanians RFC (kick-off 3.15pm), which is the start of a busy period for the province’s ‘A’ side.

Stephen Keogh starts at number 8 and will lead a strong Leinster ‘A’ team which includes Trevor Hogan, John Fogarty, Sean O’Brien and Jonathan Sexton, who partners Chris Keane at half-back.

Blackrock College clubman Ian Madigan will make his ‘A’ team debut at full-back in a fast back-three, alongside Gary Brown and Simon Keogh.

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Over the next month-and-a-half, Leinster ‘A’ have six fixtures lined up, beginning with Thursday’s clash with Saracens ‘A’.

The other games are as follows:

Monday, November 17
Bristol XV v Leinster ‘A’, 2.30pm 

Friday, November 21
Leinster ‘A’ v Ospreys XV, Donnybrook/UCD, venue tbc, 2.30pm 

Wednesday, December 17
Leinster ‘A’ v Munster ‘A’, Donnybrook, 2.30pm

Monday, December 22
Leinster ‘A’ v Ireland Under-20s, Donnybrook, kick-off tbc 

Monday, December 29
Leinster ‘A’ v Ulster ‘A’, Donnybrook, 2.30pm

LEINSTER ‘A’ (v Saracens ‘A’): Ian Madigan; Gary Brown, Fergus McFadden, Kyle Tonetti, Simon Keogh; Jonathan Sexton, Chris Keane; Jamie Hagan, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, Conor McInerney, Trevor Hogan, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Stephen Keogh (capt).

Replacements: Ruaidhri Murphy, Brian Blaney, Eoin Sheriff, Paul Ryan, Paul O’Donohoe, James Power, Shane Monahan.