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Leinster welcome back 1,200 fans for Dragons

Jun 10, 2021 12:06 By Dave Hooper
Leinster welcome back 1,200 fans for Dragons Leinster welcome back 1,200 fans for Dragons
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1,200 fans in RDS as test event in Leinster's final game of the season

Leo Cullen has recalled Jamison Gibson-Park for Friday evening’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup game against Dragons with 1,000 supporters to attend the RDS.

This will be Leinster’s final game of the season and as part of a series of test events sanctioned by the Government, 1,200 supporters will be in attendance.

The majority of the supporters will be Official Members, granted tickets by way of a lottery system, but there will also be 100 frontline staff from St. Vincent’s University Hospital in attendance as guests of Leinster Rugby.

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Garry Ringrose will captain the side, with James Ryan in line to win his 50th cap from the second row.

In the back three, Hugo Keenan will start at 15, with Jordan Larmour on the right wing and Jimmy O’Brien on the left.

Rory O’Loughlin will start beside Ringrose in the centre with Jamison Gibson-Park, back from injury and playing for the first time since the Guinness PRO14 Final win against Munster, partnering Ross Byrne in the half-backs.

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In the pack, Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher and Michael Bent start in the front row with this being Bent’s final game in blue before retiring. James Ryan starts in the second row alongside Ryan Baird.

In the back row Scott Fardy will play his final game in blue from blindside winning his 80th cap for Leinster since arriving in 2017, with Scott Penny at openside and finally Caelan Doris at No 8.

On the bench, there is a welcome return from injury for Vakh Abdaladze who will make his first appearance of the season if introduced and in doing so will become the 60th player used by Leo Cullen this season.

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Harry Byrne is also back from injury to take his place amongst the replacements.

None of Tadhg Furlong, Jack Conan, Robbie Henshaw or Johnny Sexton were considered for selection this week but all four trained and were available if required.

Leinster:

  1. Hugo Keenan
  2. Jordan Larmour
  3. Garry Ringrose (C)
  4. Rory O’Loughlin
  5. Jimmy O’Brien
  6. Ross Byrne
  7. Jamison Gibson-Park
  1. Cian Healy
  2. Rónan Kelleher
  3. Michael Bent
  4. Ryan Baird
  5. James Ryan
  6. Scott Fardy
  7. Scott Penny
  8. Caelan Doris
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Replacements

  1. James Tracy
  2. Michael Milne
  3. Vakh Abdaladze
  4. Devin Toner
  5. Josh van der Flier
  6. Luke McGrath
  7. Harry Byrne
  8. Cian Kelleher

Leinster v Dragons

Friday June 6, RDS

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KO 8:15pm

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