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

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