Wednesday 17 October 2018

Ciarán Frawley handed first Leinster start after impressive debut as Garry Ringrose makes his return from injury

Ciarán Frawley and Garry Ringrose both start for Leinster
Ciarán Frawley and Garry Ringrose both start for Leinster

Young Leinster flyhalf Ciarán Frawley has been handed his first start for the province in tomorrow evening's Guinness PRO14 encounter with the Southern Kings at the RDS (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Skerries Community College man who has 10 Ireland Under 20s caps will start in the ten jersey having kicked two from two off the tee and impressed in general play on his full senior debut.

Dave Kearney starts at full-back with in-form James Lowe and Barry Daly occupying the wings.

Garry Ringrose returns from his ankle injury to partner Isa Nacewa in the centre and will be hoping to catch the eye of Joe Schmidt ahead of the final two Six Nations games against Scotland and England.

Nick McCarthy partners Frawley in the half-backs.

In the front row Ed Byrne is selected at loosehead prop and is joined by twin brother Bryan at hooker.

It's the first time the Carlow brothers start together in Leinster senior colours having done so twice so far this season with the Leinster 'A' team in the British & Irish Cup. 

Completing the front row is Irish international Michael Bent, with Mick Kearney and Ian Nagle selected in the second row.

In the back row Leinster Academy forward Josh Murphy is selected at blindside flanker, with Will Connors on the openside. Max Deegan completes the pack from No. 8.

On the bench Cullen has called upon St. Mary's College player Adam Coyle as his tight head replacement option and the former Naas CBS and Ireland Under 20s prop is in line to make his Leinster Rugby senior debut having previously played with the Leinster Under 20s.

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