Henshaw Returns As Leinster Team Named For PRO14 Meeting With Benetton

Round two.

The Leinster Rugby team has been named by Head Coach Leo Cullen ahead of Round 2 of the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow against Benetton Rugby in Stadio Monig.

Garry Ringrose will captain the squad as Leinster Rugby play their first game away from Dublin since February’s trip to the Gnoll.

It’s the same back three that started against Dragons last weekend with Hugo Keenan again selected at fullback, Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.

In the centre, Robbie Henshaw makes his first appearance of the new campaign in the number 12 shirt with captain Ringrose outside him. Jamison Gibson-Park again starts at scrumhalf with Ross Byrne his half-back partner this week.

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In the pack, Ed Byrne, James Tracy and Michael Bent will line up in the front row with Ryan Baird and James Ryan behind them to complete the tight five. Caelan Doris, Will Connors and Jack Conan are the back row selected by Cullen for the trip to Treviso.

Rónan Kelleher was ruled out of contention for the game as a precaution having withdrawn from training with a minor quad injury. He is still due to link up with the Irish Rugby squad next week where his fitness will be further assessed.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (19)
14. Jordan Larmour (51)
13. Garry Ringrose (77) CAPTAIN
12. Robbie Henshaw (48)
11. James Lowe (48)
10. Ross Byrne (90)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (94)
1. Ed Byrne (58)
2. James Tracy (110)
3. Michael Bent (141)
4. Ryan Baird (11)
5. James Ryan (40)
6. Caelan Doris (33)
7. Will Connors (20)
8. Jack Conan (94)

16. Seán Cronin (186)
17. Cian Healy (221)
18. Tom Clarkson (1)
19. Ross Molony (96)
20. Rhys Ruddock (174)
21. Luke McGrath (128)
22. Harry Byrne (10)
23. Jimmy O’Brien (18)