Benetton Treviso v Leinster: Team news and live score commentary updates

Live score commentary from Benetton Treviso v Leinster in Saturday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the Stadio di Monigo (KO: 6.05pm Irish time)


The province can welcome back a number of internationals for the first time following their summer break, amongst them Jamie Heaslip who captains the team and the Naas number eight forms an all-Ireland international back-row alongside Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin.

Devin Toner becomes the 20th Leinster player to reach the 100 cap milestone and he is named at second row alongside Damian Browne. Heinke van der Merwe, a second half replacement in the RDS victory last weekend, is joined in the front row by hooker Richardt Strauss and Ireland tight-head prop Mike Ross.

In the backline Fergus McFadden, who is set to make his 75th Leinster appearance, partners Brian O’Driscoll at centre.

Eoin Reddan links up at half-back alongside Jonathan Sexton, with Ian Madigan (fresh from an 18-point haul against the Dragons) shifting to full-back and both Fionn Carr and Andrew Conway continuing on the wings after starting Leinster’s 45-25 victory last weekend.

Leo Cullen is one of three Ireland internationals named on the bench alongside Isa Nacewa.


Benetton Treviso: Luke McLean; Edoardo Gori, Tommaso Benvenuti, Alberto Sgarbi, Ludovico Nitoglia; Alberto Di Bernardo, Tobias Botes; Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet; Francesco Minto, Corniel Van Zyl (capt); Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri.
Replacements: Franco Sbaraglini, Michele Rizzo, Lorenzo Cittadini, Valerio Bernabo, Dean Budd, Marco Filippucci, Fabio Semenzato, Kristopher Burton

Leinster: Ian Madigan; Andrew Conway, Brian O’Driscoll, Fergus McFadden, Fionn Carr; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Heinke van der Merwe, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross; Damian Browne, Devin Toner; Kevin McLaughlin, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.
R eplacements : Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Jamie Hagan, Leo Cullen, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Noel Reid, Isa Nacewa.
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)


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