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Dave Kearney Returns To Leinster Team

Dave Kearney Returns To Leinster Team

Ahead of Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 round 2 game against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 3pm), Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team for the province’s first away trip of the season.

There are three changes to the Leinster side that won their first game of the season last Friday at the RDS against Benetton Treviso, with one switch in the backs and two in the forwards. 

Rob Kearney continues at full-back and his younger brother Dave comes in to make his first appearance of the campaign having returned from a shoulder injury that cost him a place on the Ireland tour to South Africa. He will start on the left wing with Fergus McFadden moving over to the right. 

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Noel Reid and Garry Ringrose are once again selected in the centre, while Luke McGrath will captain the province from scrum half. Last week’s man-of-the-match, Joey Carbery, will make his first start away from home, retaining the number 10 jersey.

In the pack, both Cian Healy and Michael Bent continue at loosehead prop and tighthead respectively, and James Tracy comes in to start at hooker. Tracy came off the bench last week to score Leinster’s third try. 

Ross Molony and Mike McCarthy continue in the second row and the final change is in the back row where Jordi Murphy starts his first game of the season from number 8, flanked by Dan Leavy and Josh van der Flier. 

Among the replacements there is a welcome return from injury for second row Mick Kearney, while props Peter Dooley and Tadhg Furlong are involved in a matchday squad for the first time this season. 

LEINSTER (v Glasgow Warriors): Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Garry Ringrose, Noel Reid, Dave Kearney; Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath (capt); Cian Healy, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Mike McCarthy, Ross Molony, Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier, Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: Bryan Byrne, Peter Dooley, Tadhg Furlong, Mick Kearney, Dominic Ryan, Jamison Gibson Park, Cathal Marsh, Zane Kirchner.