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Scott Fardy selected to captain Leinster against Glasgow


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Scott Fardy will captain the Leinster Rugby team when they take on Glasgow Warriors at the RDS Arena tomorrow evening in the Guinness PRO14.

Head coach Leo Cullen has retained seven of last week's starting XV that won away from home against the Ospreys in the Gnoll.

This week Cullen starts two players from the Leinster Rugby Academy, Ryan Baird and Harry Byrne, while he also welcomes back some of the players released from the Irish Rugby set-up.

Hugo Keenan starts at full-back for the Blues with Dave Kearney coming in on the right-wing and James Lowe continuing on the left.

Joe Tomane replaces the injured Conor O'Brien in midfield with Jimmy O'Brien again selected in the number 13 jersey.

Luke McGrath starts this week in the number nine jersey with Academy back, Byrne, also coming in at outhalf.

Peter Dooley and Michael Bent are again selected as the starting props but Seán Cronin starts at hooker this weekend.

In the second row Scott Fardy is again selected to captain the side and is joined in the second row this week by Academy lock, Baird.

The back row is try-scorer from last week Josh Murphy at blindside with Will Connors coming in at the openside and Max Deegan at number eight.

Leinster are the runaway leaders in Conference A with a 15 point lead over Ulster in second place and they are 22 points clear of Glasgow.

The Scottish lost by 23 points to 10 in the reverse fixture in November.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (13)
14. Dave Kearney (147)
13. Jimmy O’Brien (16)
12. Joe Tomane (20)
11. James Lowe (42)
10. Harry Byrne (8)
9. Luke McGrath (122)
1. Peter Dooley (75)
2. Seán Cronin (180)
3. Michael Bent (134)
4. Ryan Baird (6)
5. Scott Fardy (57) CAPTAIN
6. Josh Murphy (31)
7. Will Connors (14)
8. Max Deegan (61)

16. James Tracy (107)
17. Michael Milne (7)
18. Jack Aungier (4)
19. Jack Dunne (6)
20. Rhys Ruddock (171)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (87)
22. Ciarán Frawley (24)
23. Fergus McFadden (183)

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)


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