Published: 15:01 | 10/6/21

Leinster team named for season swansong


Scott Fardy and Michael Bent have both been named in the starting XV for Leinster's Rainbow Cup clash with Dragons at the RDS on Friday night (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 8pm).

The game, which will be played in front of 1.200 fans, will be the pair's final bow for the province before heading back to Australia and New Zealand respectively.

It will also be a final appearance in the blue shirt for winger Cian Kelleher who is named among the substitutes.

Jamison Gibson-Park makes his first appearance since the PRO14 final in April as he lines up alongside Ross Byrne in the half-backs.

Skipper Garry Ringrose partners Rory O'Loughlin in the centre, with Hugo Keeenan at full-back alongside Jimmy O'Brien and Jordan Larmour in the back three.

Bent is joined by Cian Healy and Rónan Kelleher in the front row, with Ryan Baird and James Ryan, who is set to earn his 50th cap, named in the engine room.

Fardy partners Scott Penny and Caelan Doris in the back row.

Vakh Abdaladze is named on the bench and could be set for his first appearance of the season. Harry Byrne has also recovered from injury to take his place among the replacements.  

Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour (c), Garry Ringrose, Rory O’Loughlin, Jimmy O’Brien, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Michael Bent, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Scott Fardy, Scott Penny, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: James Tracy, Michael Milne, Vakh Abdaladze, Devin Toner, Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Harry Byrne, Cian Kelleher.

Image: Sportsfile

***See FIVE LIVE Rainbow Cup games this weekend on eir sport.

Toulon complete Roux signing

17:19 | 14/6/21

Top 14 side Toulon have completed the signing of former Connacht lock Quinn Roux on a two-year deal.


Ulster pull out of Nakarawa deal

14:15 | 10/6/21

Ulster have pulled out of a proposed deal to sign Glasgow Warriors forward Leone Nakarawa following an issue with his medical.


Carolan joins Glasgow coaching team

09:40 | 22/6/21

Former Connacht assistant coach Nigel Carolan been appointed the new attack coach at Glasgow Warriors, the club has announced.


Coetzee not taking things for granted

15:22 | 17/6/21

Bulls captain Marcell Coetzee has warned his teammates against complacency as they prepare to face Benetton in Saturday's PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final, live on eir s...


Gavin Coombes wins Munster accolade

11:09 | 18/6/21

Gavin Coombes has been named Munster Rugby Men’s Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season.

Top Stories


Watch PFL 6 LIVE this Friday on eir sport

09:51 | 21/6/21

Join us for LIVE coverage of PFL 6 from Atlantic City this Friday on eir sport 1 from 11pm.


Coach expecting even more from Harrison

10:09 | 22/6/21

Double Olympic champion Kayla Harrison may be fighting at lightweight this season, but her coach is expecting even more from her when she eventually drops down ...


What’s in the eir sport pack?

We’ve got heart-stopping action, with Guinness PRO14 , SSE Airtricity League, FA Cup, Allianz Leagues GAA, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Masters golf and more...