Wednesday 18 January 2017

Dardis gets chance to shine as provinces opt for youth

Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30

Leinster's Billy Dardis
Leinster's Billy Dardis

YOUTHFUL exuberance dominates the rosters of three Irish provinces in pre-season action today ahead of the penultimate round of friendly games ahead of the Pro12 kick-off in a fortnight’s time.

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Leinster travel to Northampton Saints with 19-year-old first-year Academy player Billy Dardis starting at full-back, with Darragh Fanning and fellow Academy graduate Sam Coghlan-Murray on the right and left wing respectively.

Another member of the Academy, Jordan Coghlan, makes a welcome return from injury to start at inside-centre, with Brendan Macken outside him.

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