Friday 26 April 2019

Rhys Ruddock returns from injury to captain Leinster against the Cheetahs

Rhys Ruddock. Photo: Sportsfile
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Ireland international Rhys Ruddock has shaken off a hamstring injury to be named in Leo Cullen's starting XV for tomorrow evening clash with the Cheetahs at the RDS.

There are a number of changes from the team that recorded a bonus point win last Friday against the Southern Kings.

Dave Kearney comes in at full back, with Adam Byrne also in on the right wing for his 50th cap. With Byrne onto the right wing, Fergus McFadden swaps across to the left.

In the centre, Conor O'Brien moves inside with Rory O'Loughlin coming in to the team outside him at 13.

In the half backs Jamison Gibson-Park starts with Ross Byrne again selected at outhalf.

In the pack, it's a new front row with Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent starting.

Ross Molony again starts but is joined this week by Scott Fardy in the second row.

In the back row Rhys Ruddock has returned to full fitness from a hamstring injury to take his place as captain at blindside, with Max Deegan and Caelan Doris again completing the pack.

On the bench Mick Kearney has recovered from the shoulder knock he picked up last week to take his place in the match day 23.

Leinster: (15-9) D Kearney, A Byrne, R O'Loughlin, C O'Brien, F McFadden, R Byrne, J Gibson-Park; (1-8) P Dooley, B Byrne, M Bent, R Molony, S Fardy,R Ruddock, M Deegan,, C Doris.

Replacements: (16-23) J Tracy, E Byrne, A Porter, M Kearney, J Murphy, H O'Sullivan, N Reid, B Daly.

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