Leinster Rugby team to face the Scarlets

The Leinster team to face the Scarlets in Saturday evening’s opening game of the RaboDirect PRO12 campaign in Parc y Scarlets (KO: 6.30pm, LIVE S4C) has been named.

Shane Jennings leads the team and is included in the back-row alongside Dominic Ryan and number eight Leo Auva’a. Damian Browne locks down alongside Devin Toner.

Isaac Boss, who skippered the side in last weekend’s 10-all draw away to Sale Sharks, partners Ian Madigan at half back. Twenty-three-year-old out-half Madigan, who was the province’s Powerade Young Player of the Year last season, will make his 50th appearance after featuring 26 times last season.

Noel Reid continues his centre partnership with Brendan Macken, with Andrew Conway named in a pacey back three alongside Fionn Carr and full-back Isa Nacewa.

Tom Denton could be set to make his competitive debut for the team if he appears from the bench which includes six products from the Leinster Academy.


15: Isa Nacewa
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken
12: Noel Reid
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Jamie Hagan
4: Damian Browne
5: Devin Toner
6: Dominic Ryan
7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN
8: Leo Auva’a


16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack McGrath
18: Martin Moore
19: Tom Denton
20: Jordi Murphy
21: John Cooney
22: Collie O’Shea
23: Darren Hudson

REFEREE: Neil Paterson (SRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Tim Hayes, Martyn Lewis (both WRU), TMO: Nigel Whitehouse (WRU)

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