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Leinster team to face Aironi…

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 Feb 2011

The Leinster team to face Aironi in Thursday night’s Magners League clash at the RDS (KO: 7.05pm) has been named.

The Six Nations provides the coaching team with an opportunity to freshen things up for the visit of the Italians and Ireland international Rhys Ruddock leads the team for the first time in a back-row which also includes Dominic Ryan and Stephen Keogh.

Ian Madigan makes his 11th appearance of the season and partners Paul O’Donohoe at half back with Eoin O’Malley, fresh from his Ireland Wolfhounds debut, lining up alongside debutant Brendan Macken at centre.

In the pack, Heinke van der Merwe and Richardt Strauss are named in the front row, with Kevin McLaughlin lining up at second row alongside fellow Ireland international Devin Toner.

A decision on the final make up of the replacements bench will be made closer to kick off.

There will be the usual ‘Family Day’ activities inside the ground, while the OLSC (Official Leinster Supporters Club) will be hosting a ‘Meet the Referees Night’ in ‘The Laighin Out’ Bar post match with Leinster international referees Alan Lewis and Alain Rolland. Admission is free and open to all.

Ticket sales for Thursday’s game have passed the 14,000 mark and are on sale now online from www.leinsterrugby.ie, Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets will also be available on the gate on the night.


15: Isa Nacewa
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken
12: Eoin O’Malley
11: David Kearney
10: Ian Madigan
9: Paul O’Donohoe
1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Clint Newland
4: Kevin McLaughlin
5: Devin Toner
6: Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Stephen Keogh


16: Jason Harris-Wright
17: Jack McGrath
18: Simon Shawe
19: Ed O’Donoghue
20: Paul Ryan/Shane Jennings
21: Isaac Boss
22: Ian McKinley
23: Niall Morris

REFEREE: Nigel Owens (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Dave Wilkinson (IRFU), Mark Hermin (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Montayne (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: James Fegan (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)