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Coombs ready for Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

8 Sep 2011


Dragons back row Andrew Coombs is confident as the Dragons return to Ireland for the second match of the season against Leinster. (Friday, 9th September, 19:35pm).

"It's not the ideal start, but it's one we're looking forward to," he said "I think we've taken a lot of confidence from Munster and the boys are really confident that we could pick up a win out there.

"I don't think Leinster would have been too happy with their performance against the Ospreys and they'll probably want to put things right this weekend, so it'll be a good game."

Three changes have been made to the squad that played at Musgrave Park last week. Missing out are Ashley Smith (hamstring) and Tom Brown (dead leg) who are being rested.

"It's purely precautionary," said Head Coach, Darren Edwards, "We're at that point of the season where we pretty much have a full fit squad so we're just resting these guys and making sure."

Potentially making his Dragons PRO12 debut is Fullback, Jamie Smith, who starts on the bench this Friday. Though the Dragons side is a young one, it doesn't mean that they'll be holding back.

"We probably were a bit rusty on the weekend," said Coombs, "but we've been training hard this week to get back to where we were last season. A lot of planning has gone into how to break Leinster down and I think we'll do well this weekend."

Dragons Squad for Leinster
15. Martyn Thomas, 14. Adam Hughes, 13. Tom Riley, 12. Pat Leach, 11. Mike Poole, 10. Jason Tovey, 9. Joe Bedford, 1. Phil Price, 2. Tom Willis, 3. Ben Castle, 4. Adam Jones, 5. Rob Sidoli, 6. Andrew Coombs, 7. Gavin Thomas, 8. Hugo Ellis

16. Rhys Buckley, 17. Nathan Williams, 18. Dan Way, 19. Lewis Evans, 20. Jevon Groves, 21. Wayne Evans, 22. Steffan Jones, 23. Jamie Smith