Rhys Ruddock Returns to Captain Leinster

Leo Cullen has recalled Rhys Ruddock to the Leinster team to face Cheetahs tomorrow evening in the Guinness Pro-14 at the RDS.

There are a number of changes from the team that recorded a bonus point win last Friday against the Southern Kings.

Dave Kearney comes in at full back, with Adam Byrne also in on the right wing for his 50th cap. With Byrne on the right wing, Fergus McFadden swaps across to the left.


In the centre, Conor O’Brien moves inside with Rory O’Loughlin coming in to the team outside him at 13.

In the half backs Jamison Gibson-Park starts with Ross Byrne again selected at out-half. In the pack, it’s a new front row with Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent starting.

Ross Molony again starts but is joined this week by Scott Fardy in the second row.

In the back row Rhys Ruddock has returned to full fitness from a hamstring injury to take his place as captain at blindside, with Max Deegan and Caelan Doris again completing the pack.

On the bench Mick Kearney has recovered from the shoulder knock he picked up last week to take his place in the match day 23.

Leinster: Dave Kearney, Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Conor O’Brien, Fergus McFadden, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Scott Fardy, Rhys Ruddock (Captain), Max Deegan, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Mick Kearney, Josh Murphy, Hugh O’Sullivan, Noel Reid, Barry Daly

Leinster v Cheethas

The RDS, Friday March 1

Kick-Off: 7.35pm

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)