Monday 23 July 2018

James Lowe named in Leinster team for debut as Garry Ringrose makes long-awaited return

28 November 2017; James Lowe during Leinster rugby squad training at UCD in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
28 November 2017; James Lowe during Leinster rugby squad training at UCD in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Garry Ringrose will make his long-awaited first appearance of the season against Benetton Treviso in the PRO14 League at Stadio Monigo tomorrow afternoon (KO3.30 Irish time, TG4).

The Ireland centre has completed his recovery from shoulder surgery and will be eager to show his skills in the aftermath of Ireland debuts for Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell in November.

In addition, James Lowe, the high profile signing from the Chiefs, will make his debut on the left wing.  

The combination of Ringrose, Lowe and Jordan Larmour in the wide channels is a source of great excitement for anyone interested in attack.  

Scrum-half Luke McGrath will captain a side boosted by the return of Ireland internationals James Tracy, Dave Kearney, Jack McGrath and the fit again Josh van der Flier.

There is also the prospect of 21-year-old prop Vakh Abdaladze making his debut off the bench.

LEINSTER (v Treviso): J Larmour; D Kearney, G Ringrose, N Reid, J Lowe; R Byrne, L McGrath (capt); J McGrath, J Tracy, A Porter, I Nagle, S Fardy, Jordi Murphy, J van der Flier, J Conan.

Replacements: S Cronin, E Byrne, V Abdaladze, M Kearney, M Deegan; N McCarthy, F McFadden, R O’Loughlin.

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