Toner To Equal Leinster Caps File In opposition to Ospreys – Irish Rugby


The Leinster workforce to face the Ospreys on the RDS on Friday (kick-off 7.15pm) exhibits seven personnel modifications to the aspect that received away to Zebre final week.

There are additionally three positional switches as head coach Leo Cullen opts to rotate his squad forward of Saturday week’s Guinness PRO14 ultimate in opposition to Munster on the identical venue.

Scott Fardy will captain the aspect from the again row with Devin Toner because of win his 261st Leinster cap, bringing him degree with the province’s all-time report caps holder Gordon D’Arcy.

Rory O’Loughlin, the Guinness player-of-the-match in Parma, strikes to the fitting wing rather than the injured Cian Kelleher. The back-three is accomplished by Max O’Reilly and Dave Kearney, the scorer of three tries within the Zebre recreation.

Skerries man Ciaran Frawley is partnered in midfield by Naas’ Jamie Osborne, who is available in for his second begin, as does Rowan Osborne who joins Harry Byrne at half-back.

Birr native Peter Dooley hits the 90-cap mark within the entrance row, with Sean Cronin and Michael Bent alongside him this week. Toner is again within the engine room, packing down with Ross Molony.

Fardy will get a run-out at blindside flanker – his final begin there was in opposition to Saracens within the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup ultimate – and Scott Penny and Josh Murphy present their versatility once more by shifting to openside and quantity 8 respectively.

On the bench, promising kids Sean O’Brien and Tim Corkery will expertise a recreation on the RDS for the primary time after their profitable debuts off the bench in opposition to Zebre.

It’s going to even be Clane man Marcus Hanan’s first expertise of the RDS, whereas 20-year-old Academy again Andrew Smith is in line to win his second cap if launched.

LEINSTER (v Ospreys): Max O’Reilly; Rory O’Loughlin, Jamie Osborne, Ciaran Frawley, Dave Kearney; Harry Byrne, Rowan Osborne; Peter Dooley, Sean Cronin, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Devin Toner, Scott Fardy (capt), Scott Penny, Josh Murphy.

Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Marcus Hanan, Thomas Clarkson, Jack Dunne, Sean O’Brien, Hugh O’Sullivan, Tim Corkery, Andrew Smith.

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