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Monday 18 December 2017

Leinster sign up tight-head Prescott

Hugh Farrelly

FOLLOWING the long-term injury to Stan Wright, Leinster have strengthened their tight-head options by signing Ben Prescott from Nottingham and have included him in the squad to face Glasgow in their Magners League opener at Firhill tomorrow night.

The 32-year-old was born in Libya but is Irish qualified and played for Glasgow and Rotherham before joining Nottingham, where he was named on the Division 1 team of the year last season. Mike Ross, who has been struggling with a calf injury, Jack McGrath, Heinke van der Merwe and Simon Shawe are the other props included.

Ireland summer tourists John Fogarty, Jamie Heaslip and Shane Horgan, as well as fellow internationals Isaac Boss, Sean O'Brien and Luke Fitzgerald, have also been named.

Although missing a number of frontliners, Glasgow coach Sean Lineen has picked Scotland stars Graeme Morrison, Max Evans and Richie Gray in a young selection for tomorrow night's clash and is confident the Warriors can carry on from an encouraging pre-season.

Meanwhile, Connacht have named international duo Sean Cronin and Gavin Duffy in their squad for Saturday's league meeting with the Dragons at the Sportsground.

However, they will be without captain John Muldoon, flanker Johnny O'Connor and prop Robbie Morris, while there will be late fitness tests for a number of players, with hooker Dermot Murphy, three-quarter Aidan Wynne and scrum-half Adam Kennedy included as cover.

Ulster face a daunting opener against champions the Ospreys tomorrow night at Ravenhill and although international quartet Ryan Jones, Mike Phillips, James Hook and Richard Hibbard are unavailable, as well as captain Alun-Wyn Jones, Ospreys coach Sean Holley has named a powerful side led by All Black Jerry Collins. New signings Richard Fussell and Mefin Davies will start at winger and hooker respectively, while there is considerable strength on the bench in the shape of Huw Bennett, Paul James, Lee Byrne and Shane Williams.

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