Sexton Starts As Leinster Team Named For Guinness PRO14 Opener
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The Leinster Rugby team has been named by head coach Leo Cullen ahead of tomorrow’s first round of the Guinness PRO14 against the Dragons at the RDS Arena in Dublin.
With Dublin in Level 3 of the Living with Covid Guidelines, no supporters will be in attendance but the game will be available to watch on both eir Sport and TG4.
Johnny Sexton will lead the side out for the first game of the new Guinness PRO14 season with Jamison Gibson-Park his half-back partner. Elsewhere in the backs, it’s Hugo Keenan at fullback with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.
In the centre, Ciarán Frawley starts at inside centre with Garry Ringrose outside him at 13.
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In the pack Ed Byrne is selected at loosehead prop, with Rónan Kelleher at hooker and Michael Bent at tighthead. Scott Fardy and James Ryan are selected in the second row, with Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan completing the starting XV.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Hugo Keenan (18)
14. Jordan Larmour (50)
13. Garry Ringrose (76)
12. Ciarán Frawley (26)
11. James Lowe (47)
10. Johnny Sexton (167) CAPTAIN
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (93)
1. Ed Byrne (57)
2. Rónan Kelleher (15)
3. Michael Bent (140)
4. Scott Fardy (61)
5. James Ryan (39)
6. Rhys Ruddock (173)
7. Josh van der Flier (84)
8. Jack Conan (93)
16. Seán Cronin (185)
17. Cian Healy (220)
18. Andrew Porter (66)
19. Ryan Baird (10)
20. Max Deegan (64)
21. Luke McGrath (127)
22. Ross Byrne (89)
23. Tommy O’Brien (3)