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Leinster Name Team For Friday Night Clash With The Cheetahs

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his matchday 23 for their Guinness PRO14 clash with the Cheetahs on Friday night at the RDS (KO 19:35). 

The eastern province are leading the way at the top of Conference B and they will be expected to record another win at home even with a much-changed side.

The back three is made of Dave Kearney at fullback with Adam Byrne and Fergus McFadden on the right wing and left wing, respectively.

The centres are made up of Conor O’Brien at 12 and Rory O’Loughlin at 13 with the half-back partnership consisting of Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne.

Leinster Cheetahs Team

In the forwards, Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent make up the front-row while Ross Molony and Scott Fardy pack down behind them in the second-row.

The back-row is made up of Rhys Ruddock, who captains the side, Max Deegan and Caelan Doris.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Dave Kearney (131)
14. Adam Byrne (49)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (57)
12. Conor O’Brien (14)
11. Fergus McFadden (174)
10. Ross Byrne (64)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (67)
1: Peter Dooley (58)
2: Bryan Byrne (36)
3: Michael Bent (117)
4: Ross Molony (80)
5: Scott Fardy (37)
6: Rhys Ruddock (155) CAPTAIN
7: Max Deegan (37)
8: Caelan Doris (11)

16: James Tracy (86)
17: Ed Byrne (37)
18: Andrew Porter (47)
19: Mick Kearney (47)
20: Josh Murphy (17)
21: Hugh O’Sullivan (10)
22: Noel Reid (116)
23: Barry Daly (32)

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)

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Author: Sean McMahon

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