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Sunday 22 October 2017

Luke Fitzgerald back in Leinster team to face Scarlets in Rabo opener

Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald in action during squad training
Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald in action during squad training

LUKE Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster team to face Scarlets in Friday night's opening game of the RaboDirect PRO12 season in Parc y Scarlets.

Fitzgerald is to make his first appearance for the Blues since March and is named in a back three with Dave Kearney and the backline's second debutant, St. Mary's College captain Darragh Fanning.

Gordon D'Arcy returns to the starting line up after missing the PRO12 and Amlin Challenge Cup victories in May and the Wexford man (who makes his 222nd appearance) will form a centre partnership with Fergus McFadden.

Up front, Shane Jennings leads the team and is one of four Ireland internationals in the pack, with two Leinster Academy prop graduates Jack McGrath and Martin Moore named in the front row, while Mike Ross and summer signing Mike McCarthy named on the bench.

LEINSTER:

 

15: Dave Kearney

14: Darragh Fanning

13: Fergus McFadden

12: Gordon D'Arcy

11: Luke Fitzgerald

10: Jimmy Gopperth

9: Eoin Reddan

1: Jack McGrath

2: Sean Cronin

3: Martin Moore

4: Tom Denton

5: Devin Toner

6: Rhys Ruddock

7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN

8: Jordi Murphy

REPLACEMENTS:

 

16: Aaron Dundon

17: Jack O'Connell

18: Mike Ross

19: Mike McCarthy

20: Dominic Ryan

21: Isaac Boss

22: Noel Reid

23: Brendan Macken

 

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