Thursday 13 December 2018

Isa Nacewa makes return for Leinster but Garry Ringrose must wait another week

Isa Nacewa. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Isa Nacewa. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Des Berry

Isa Nacewa will make his return for Leinster against The Dragons in the PRO14 League at The RDS tomorrow night (KO 7.35).

The club captain will play for the first time in six weeks after going down with syndesmosis.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has released prop Andrew Porter, flanker Jordi Murphy, number eight Jack Conan, although Murphy will be in the only one in the first fifteen. 

Medical student Josh Murphy will make his first start after just one impact off the bench three weeks ago in Glasgow.

The 22-year-old flanker has been making a strong impression at training and will form a back row with the other Murphy and Max Deegan.

Meanwhile, Jack Carty and Caolin Blade form the half back pairing for Connacht against Cardiff with Kieran Marmion unavailable due to his involvement with the Irish squad.

In the pack Dave Heffernan starts at hooker with Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham in at loose head and tighthead respectively. The experienced back row includes flankers Eoin McKeon and Jake Heenan with Captain John Muldoon in at number 8.

Leinster: J Larmour; F McFadden, R O’Loughlin, N Reid, I Nacewa (capt); R Byrne, J Gibson-Park; E Byrne, S Cronin, M Bent, R Molony, S Fardy, Josh Murphy, Jordi Murphy, M Deegan.

Replacements: R Strauss, P Dooley, A Porter, I Nagle, J Conan; N McCarthy, C Marsh, C O’Brien.

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade,  Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Gavin Thornbury, Eoghan Masterson, James Mitchell, Steve Crosbie, Pita Ahki.


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