Friday 30 September 2016

Ruddock returns for visit of Pro12 champions

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Leinster welcome back Rhys Ruddock after Ireland's exit from the World Cup
Leinster welcome back Rhys Ruddock after Ireland's exit from the World Cup

With the embers from the World Cup defeat to Argentina still glowing, Leinster welcome back a small part of their considerable contingent who were on Ireland duty.

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Rhys Ruddock, who came off the bench against the Pumas, starts as does Mike McCarthy - both were late call-ups to Joe Schmidt's squad due to injuries.

In all coach Leo Cullen makes seven changes to the side that lost to Cardiff last weekend, with centre Ben Te'o and No 8 Jack Conan among those to return.

Cullen continues with a back three of Isa Nacewa, Garry Ringrose and Fergus McFadden for the fourth game in a row.

Tadhg Furlong is in line to make his first Leinster appearance of the season off the bench, having played against Wales and England in the warm-up games and against Romania in the World Cup.

Also among the replacements is Isaac Boss, another late call up to the Irish squad.

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend welcomes six players back into his squad after Scotland's heartbreaking defeat to Australia in the quarter-final with Sean Lamont, Richie Vernon, Duncan Weir, Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson and Kevin Bryce all included, while 18-year-old Scott Cummings starts his fifth consecutive game.

However Leinster have looked strong at home and can win here.

Verdict: Leinster

Leinster - I Nacewa; G Ringrose, B Te'o, N Reid, F McFadden; C Marsh, L McGrath; M Bent, A Dundon, M Moore; R Molony, M McCarthy; R Ruddock, J van der Flier, J Conan Reps: J Tracy, P Dooley, T Furlong, D Ryan, D Leavy, I Boss, R Byrne, C Kelleher.

Glasgow - S Lamont; T Naiyaravoro, R Vernon, F Lyle, R Hughes; D Weir, M Blair; A Allan, P MacArthur, Z Ferguson; T Swinson, S Cummings; R Harley, S Favaro, R Wilson. Reps: K Bryce, J Yanuyanutawa, M Cusack, G Peterson, A Ashe, H Blake, G Hart, R Clegg.

REF - I Davies (Wales)

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