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Leinsters internationals return for Connacht clash

Dec 2, 2021 12:12 By Dave Hooper
Leinsters internationals return for Connacht clash Leinsters internationals return for Connacht clash
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Leinster recall internationals after Ulster defeat

Leo Cullen has recalled a number of returning internationals for Leinster’s game with Connacht in the RDS on Friday night.

Hugo Keenan and James Lowe, will line out in the back three where they are joined by Jordan Larmour.

Robbie Henshaw swaps from outside centre to inside while Garry Ringrose returns to don the number 13 shirt.

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Luke McGrath lines out as captain and is partnered in the half-backs by Harry Byrne, a replacement last week against Ulster.

In the pack, Cian Healy, newly-capped international Dan Sheehan and Michael Ala'alatoa make up the front-row. Ryan Baird and Devin Toner slot in behind them.

Autumn Nations Player of the Series Caelan Doris starts at No 8 where he is flanked by the familiar presence of Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier.

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Josh Murphy will reach a half-century of appearances for the province if he is introduced from the bench. Rónan Kelleher, Andrew Porter, Vakh Abdaladze, Max Deegan, Nick McCarthy, Ross Byrne, and Tommy O'Brien are all named on the bench.

Leinster

  1. Hugo Keenan
  2. Jordan Larmour
  3. Garry Ringrose
  4. Robbie Henshaw
  5. James Lowe
  6. Harry Byrne
  7. Luke McGrath (c)
  8. Cian Healy
  9. Dan Sheehan
  10. Michael Ala'alatoa
  11. Ryan Baird
  12. Devin Toner
  13. Rhys Ruddock
  14. Josh van der Flier
  15. Caelan Doris
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Replacements:

  1. Rónan Kelleher
  2. Andrew Porter
  3. Vakh Abdaladze
  4. Josh Murphy
  5. Max Deegan
  6. Nick McCarthy
  7. Ross Byrne
  8. Tommy O'Brien

Leinster Rugby v Ulster

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RDS Arena

Friday December 3

Kick-off: 7:45pm

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