Tuesday 23 January 2018

Landmark appearance for Josh van der Flier as Leo Cullen name starting Leinster team for Cheetahs test

Josh van der Flier
Josh van der Flier

Josh van der Flier will make his 50th appearance for Leinster when they face Toyoto Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday (7.00pm - Irish time - live on SKY Sports) in the Guinness PRO14.

Luke McGrath (arm) and Fergus McFadden (hamstring) were not considered for selection and as a result have flown home to Dublin to begin preparations for the Edinburgh game next week. Both are expected to be available for selection for that game.

James Ryan (foot) was not considered for selection but has not flown home to Dublin with McGrath and McFadden as he is unlikely to be available for the Edinburgh clash. Caelan Doris has joined the squad in Cape Town as cover.

Cullen has again selected Joey Carbery at full back while Dave Kearney is also retained but swaps wings this week and starts on the right wing with Barry Daly - who turned 25 earlier this week - named on the left wing for his first start of the campaign.

With Isa Nacewa captaining the side from number 12, Noel Reid shifts outside him to the number 13 shirt. In the half backs, Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrumhalf with Ross Byrne at ten.

In the pack, it's a new front row with Cian Healy, James Tracy and Michael Bent starting having come off the bench last week.

Meanwhile, Nick Timoney will make his first start start of the season after being named art number eight to face Dragons at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday (7.35pm). 

Leinster (v Toyota Cheetahs)

15. Joey Carbery (24)

14. Dave Kearney (112)

13. Noel Reid (83)

12. Isa Nacewa (172) CAPTAIN

11. Barry Daly (12)

10. Ross Byrne (26)

9. Jamison Gibson-Park (30)

1. Cian Healy (175)

2. James Tracy (45)

3. Michael Bent (90)

4. Ross Molony (46)

5. Mick Kearney (23)

6. Jordi Murphy (87)

7. Josh van der Flier (49)

8. Jack Conan (54)

 

16. Seán Cronin (131)

17. Peter Dooley (38)

18. Andrew Porter (11)

19. Rhys Ruddock (133)

20. Max Deegan (4)

21. Nick McCarthy (10)

22. Cathal Marsh (21)

23. Rory O'Loughlin (24)

 

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 11th competition game)

 

Ulster (v Dragons)

(1-8): K McCall, R Herring, R Ah You, R Diack, A O'Connor, C Ross, C Henry (captain), N Timoney;

(9-15): P Marshall, P Nelson, J Stockdale, S McCloskey, D Cave, T Bowe, C Piutau.

Replacements (16-23): J Andrew, A Warwick, W Herbst, I Henderson, M Rea, D Shanahan, B Herron, R Lyttle.

 

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