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Rugby player rotation is as synonymous with the festive period as unkept resolutions and cold turkey sandwiches, Leinster and Connacht kept the tradition alive ahead of Saturday's PRO 14 clash at the RDS.

Will Connors is the only player retained by Leo Cullen from the win over Munster at Thomond Park last week. The Kildare native again put in a dominant tackling performance with no missed tackles from his total of 23.

Ciaran Frawley starts at out-half for the first time in this season's InterPro series, he will be alongside Luke McGrath while Harry Byrne is on the bench.

Joe Tomane makes his return from injury to start alongside Garry Ringrose in the centre, with Jordan Larmour at full-back. Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney are the wingers.

Peter Dooley and Tadhg Furlong are either side of Sean Cronin in the front row with Ross Molony and James Ryan at lock.

Rhys Ruddock captains the side from the back row alongside Max Deegan at number-eight and the retained Will Connors on the other flank.


Andy Friend has made ten changes to his injury-ravaged team from the side that were beaten by Ulster.

20-year-old Roscommon man Niall Murray will have his first start for Connacht at the RDS against Leinster tomorrow in the Pro 14 at 5.30

Gavin Thornbury has returned from injury to partner Murray in the second row, two of the six changes in the pack from the team beaten by Ulster.

Caolin Blade continues as captain, again partnering Conor Fitzgerald in the half-backs, with Tom Daly the only other name retained in the backline.

15. Jordan Larmour 15. Stephen Fitzgerald
14. Fergus McFadden 14. Niyi Adeolokun
13. Garry Ringrose 13. Kyle Godwin
12. Joe Tomane 12. Tom Daly
11. Dave Kearney 11. John Porch
10. Ciarán Frawley 10. Conor Fitzgerald
9. Luke McGrath 9. Caolin Blade (Capt)
1. Peter Dooley 1. Denis Buckley
2. Seán Cronin 2. Shane Delahunt
3. Tadhg Furlong 3.Dominic Robertson-McCoy
4. Ross Molony 4. Niall Murray
5. James Ryan 5. Gavin Thornbury
6. Rhys Ruddock (Capt) 6. Eoghan Masterson
7. Will Connors 7. Paul Boyle
8. Max Deegan 8. Robin Copeland

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