Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hagan stuck with 'Assassins'

(Donnybrook, 6.0)

FIONN CARR might have got the call on to the Leinster bench for tomorrow's Heineken Cup clash with Glasgow, but Jamie Hagan has to spend another weekend in the British and Irish Cup after making the move from Connacht in the pursuit of European action.

The prop is seen as a serious Ireland prospect, but his lack of opportunities with the first team must be a concern.

The 'Assassins' opened their campaign with a 32-18 win in Esher last weekend and the majority of that team return this week for a shot at Scots Melrose. Dave Kearney replaces Carr, with Andrew Conway moving on to the wing. The injured Dominic Ryan is covered by Conor Gilsenan, who lines up alongside captain Ciaran Ruddock and Leo Auva'a, while Neilus Keogh takes Steven Sykes' spot in the second-row.

Colin McEntee's men will be confident of securing a second win on the bounce against a team who beat Bedford by two points at home in their opening game.

Verdict: Leinster

LEINSTER 'A' -- D Kearney; D Hudson, B Macken, C O'Shea, A Conway; N Reid, J Cooney; J McGrath, A Dundon, J Hagan; N Keogh, M Flanagan; C Ruddock (capt), C Gilsenan, L Auva'a. Reps: J O'Connell, T Sexton, J Coughlan, J Conan, L McGrath, C Marsh, A Boyle.

Irish Independent

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