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Last-chance saloon for fringe players

Leinster A v Ulster Ravens, Donnybrook, this evening 6.0.

This is the last chance for some and a new chance for others, like Andrew Conway, to impress Leinster coach Joe Schmidt before the club resumes its PRO12 campaign away to Edinburgh next Friday.

By then, a host of Ireland World Cup players will be in the mix for selection. Only the strongest survive at this level. For now, lock Steven Sykes and full-back Conway will finally be able to put their injuries in the rear-view mirror.

Tight-head Jamie Hagan, captain for the night Dominic Ryan, number eight Leo Auva'a and scrum-half John Cooney are among those chosen to make one last push to convince Schmidt they are first-team material.

The Ravens are not short on quality themselves. Ireland Schools' centre Chris Farrell, 18, brings the sort of physical dimensions that are almost a requisite for the professional ranks.

Fly-half Paddy Jackson, 19, is a class act. His time will come. And slow-burning tight-head Adam Macklin, 22, lost out to a season-ending injury last October. He is another who can make an impact at a higher level.

Leinster 'A': A Conway; D Hudson, B Macken, C O'Shea, A Boyle; N Reid, J Cooney; J McGrath, A Dundon, J Hagan, S Sykes, M Flanagan, C Ruddock, D Ryan (capt) L Auva'a.

Ulster Ravens: R Andrew; C Gaston, M Allen, C Farrell, C Cochrane; P Jackson, I Porter; C Black, J Burns, A Macklin, I Henderson, N McComb (capt), C Joyce, D McGuigan, A Birch.