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Hogan To Lead Leinster Cup Side

Hogan To Lead Leinster Cup Side

The Leinster team to face Gael Force in Wednesday night’s final British & Irish Cup Pool A clash at Stirling RFC (kick-off 7pm) has been named.

Ireland-capped second row Trevor Hogan will captain an experimental side which includes a number of club players from around the province for Leinster’s final game in this season’s British & Irish Cup.

With a number of players unavailable due to the Ireland Under-20 game against Wales this Friday, Wednesday’s game presents an opportunity also for a number of Academy players such as Michael Keating, Ciaran Ruddock and Ian Madigan.

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Hogan lines up in the second row alongside Ruddock, with Ronan McCormack starting at loosehead prop in a front row which includes hooker Tom Sexton and Academy tighthead prop Jack McGrath.

Dave Moore lines out at half-back alongside Madigan, with Shane Monahan shifting to outside centre from his usual wing position to partner Kyle Tonetti. All four play regularly for Blackrock College in AIB League Division 1A. 

Speaking ahead of Leinster’s final Pool A tie, Madigan said that the squad are determined to finish this season’s inaugural competition on a high note.

“From the players’ perspective we see Wednesday night as a chance to pull on the Leinster shirt in a competitive fixture, so we’re definitely looking forward to it even though we can’t qualify out of Pool A now,” he said. 

“There was huge disappointment after our defeat to Newport last time out which dented our hopes of qualifying from our pool.

“The British & Irish Cup has been a great competition and it’s just a pity that we let our standards slip last time out at Donnybrook.

“Playing for Leinster is something that we all want and opportunities like facing Gael Force don’t come along every week.

“It has been a good learning curve playing against experienced sides (in the British & Irish Cup) and it has also enabled us to field teams with youth and experience which is invaluable for the developing players in the squad.

“It’s important that we approach this game in a professional and positive manner and look to make a positive impression.”

LEINSTER (v Gael Force): Michael Keating; Darragh Fanning, Shane Monahan, Kyle Tonetti, Matt Healy; Ian Madigan, David Moore; Ronan McCormack, Tom Sexton, Jack McGrath, Trevor Hogan (capt), Ciaran Ruddock, Eoin Sheriff, Jordi Murphy, Leo Auva’a.

Replacements: Jason Harris-Wright, Arthur Lyons, Michael Noone, Jason Risdon, AN Other, Martin Dufficy, Max Rantz-McDonald.