Sunday 19 November 2017

Toner axed as Leinster bid to take first step towards All-Ireland final

 

Devin Toner will make his 200th appearance for Leinster
Devin Toner will make his 200th appearance for Leinster
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster aim to become the first half of a potential All-Ireland Guinness PRO12 final when they host Scarlets at the RDS this evening.

Tonight's game is not yet a sell-out but should Munster also take care of their side of the bargain by beating another Welsh outfit, Ospreys, at Thomond Park tomorrow, the prospect of an Aviva final next weekend will surely provide one.

Leinster are short-priced favourites to emerge and, already without injured duo Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney, the returning Sean O'Brien can only make the bench, while Devin Toner is dropped.

Read more: Leo Cullen explains his decision to drop Devin Toner for semi-final clash against Scarlets

Scarlets travel without Lions hooker Ken Owens and there are fears that he may miss the summer tour, with Warren Gatland eyeing up England captain Dylan Hartley to replace him.

Irish Independent

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