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Leinster team to face Dragons

Guinness PRO12 Editor

8 Sep 2011

The Leinster team to face the Dragons in Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the RDS (KO: 7.35pm) has been named.

Isa Nacewa continues in the back three alongside Fionn Carr and David Kearney for the visit of the Welsh side. Cillian Willis partners Ian Madigan at half-back with Brendan Macken starting at centre alongside Eoin O’Malley in the absence of Luke Fitzgerald.

The pack is unchanged with Ireland international Rhys Ruddock again leading the side and he continues his back-row partnership with Kevin McLaughlin and Dominic Ryan. Devin Toner locks down with Damian Browne with Heinke van der Merwe continuing in the front row alongside Richardt Strauss and Jamie Hagan.

A decision on the final place on the replacements bench will be made closer to kick off.

Over 14,500 tickets have now been sold for Friday’s game and tickets are still on sale from www.leinsterrugby.ie , Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets will also be on sale on the gate on Friday.

*Meanwhile, Leinster Rugby are hosting a Club Open Day throughout the province this Sunday, 11th September. In conjunction with Ireland’s first match in the Rugby World Cup and Leinster's success in the Heineken Cup, a number of Clubs have already come together to hold a coordinated ‘Open Day’. The purpose of the day is to introduce the club and social side of the sport to people who may not have played rugby before and encourage club participation.

The day itself will be focused on a welcome for visitors both new and old with the format down to individual clubs. The events will vary from club to club but will range from Tag Rugby (Non-contact), to children’s, youths, junior and veteran players and volunteers participation. Visit www.leinsterrugby.ie for further information.

15: Isa Nacewa
14: Fionn Carr
13: Brendan Macken
12: Eoin O’Malley
11: David Kearney
10: Ian Madigan
9: Cillian Willis
1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Jamie Hagan
4: Damian Browne
5: Devin Toner
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN
16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack McGrath
18: Jack O’Connell / Nathan White
19: Mark Flanagan
20: Leo Auva’a
21: John Cooney
22: Mat Berquist
23: Darren Hudson

REFEREE: Andy Macpherson (SRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Michael Black, Richard Kerr (both IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Brian Montayne (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: Aidan Fogarty (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Tony Redmond (IRFU)