Leinster rugby team to play Edinburgh in Murrayfield – Kick off 7:35pm Friday

 

We have the starting Leinster Rugby team to face Edinburgh on Friday evening in BT Murrayfield (Kick Off: 7.35pm – live on eir Sport).

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There is a welcome return to competitive action for a number of players that have been out with injury for the last few months as Leinster look to get back up and running in the Guinness PRO14 after a few weeks off.

Ciarán Frawley comes in at full back for his first start in the number 15 jersey, with Fergus McFadden on the right wing and Barry Daly on the left.

In the centre, Joe Tomane makes his first start since injuring his hamstring in November against the Southern Kings. The 17  times capped Australian is joined in the centre by Noel Reid.

Luke McGrath is also back from a knee injury to take his place at scrumhalf with Ross Byrne outside him at number ten.

In the pack the front row sees Ed Byrne, Seán Cronin and Michael Bent selected with Josh Murphy and Mick Kearney in the second row.

Captain Rhys Ruddock is joined in the back row by Dan Leavy who has recovered from a calf injury and by Max Deegan to complete the Leinster XV.

On the bench, Nick McCarthy is the final player to make a welcome return from injury with the 23-year-old selected for the first time since November.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Ciarán Frawley (10)
14. Fergus McFadden (175)
13. Noel Reid (117)
12. Joe Tomane (9)
11. Barry Daly (33)
10. Ross Byrne (65)
9. Luke McGrath (106)
1. Ed Byrne (38)
2. Seán Cronin (166)
3. Michael Bent (118)
4. Josh Murphy (18)
5. Mick Kearney (48)
6. Rhys Ruddock (156) CAPTAIN
7. Dan Leavy (61)
8. Max Deegan (38)

16. Bryan Byrne (37)
17. Jack McGrath (141)
18. Andrew Porter (48)
19. Jack Dunne (2)
20. Oisín Dowling (2)
21. Nick McCarthy (32)
22. Jimmy O’Brien (5)
23. Conor O’Brien (15)

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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