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'A' team to edge Ealing

FORMER Ireland U-19 Sean O'Connell knows what he is talking about when it comes to Leinster rugby.

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Ealing Trailfinders v Leinster A

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"They have huge strength in depth and I think if you look at the Irish Under-20 side the majority of the players that make up the squad come from Leinster," said the Ealing number eight.

"They have some huge rugby schools as well so in terms of their academy they are taking the best from those schools. The competition is just huge and I think that is what drives them."

For this one, Leinster move the captaincy to flanker Dominic Ryan with former Ireland U20 Jack Conan getting game time at number eight.

There were impressive performances in the last round against Moseley, most notably from props Edward Byrne and Tadhg Furlong, both retained either side of hooker James Tracy.

Leinster: D Hudson; S Coghlan-Murray, C O'Shea, N Reid, A Boyle; C Marsh, J Cooney; E Byrne, J Tracy, T Furlong, Q Roux, T Denton, B Marshall, D Ryan (capt), J Conan.

Verdict: Leinster