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Leinster team to face the Newport Gwent Dragons…

Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 May 2012

The Leinster team to face the Newport Gwent Dragons in Saturday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in Rodney Parade (KO: 7.30pm, live match updates on www.leinsterrugby.ie) has been named.

With top seed secured ahead of next weekend’s PRO12 play off in the RDS, there is a fresh look to the squad with opportunity knocking for a number of players who have impressed over the campaign.

Kevin McLaughlin leads the team and he makes his 72nd provincial appearance after coming on as a replacement in last weekend’s Heineken Cup semi-final victory away to ASM Clermont Auvergne. McLaughlin is joined in the back-row by Dominic Ryan and Leo Auva’a, who penned a two year deal with the province earlier this week.

Jack McGrath starts in the front row alongside Ireland hooker Sean Cronin and Nathan White, with Devin Toner named at second row alongside Damian Browne who makes his 21st appearance of the campaign.

Eoin Reddan links up at half back with Ian Madigan with Noel Reid partnering Brendan Macken at centre in a backline which features six recent Leinster Academy graduates.

Should Isa Nacewa feature from the bench – which mixes the youth of Luke McGrath and Jordi Murphy with the experience of Heinke van der Merwe – it will be the 100th time that he will do so in Leinster colours.

15: David Kearney
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken
12: Noel Reid
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: Eoin Reddan
1: Jack McGrath
2: Sean Cronin
3: Nathan White
4: Devin Toner
5: Damian Browne
6: Kevin McLaughlin CAPTAIN
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Leo Auva’a

16: Aaron Dundon
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Jamie Hagan
19: Mark Flanagan
20: Jordi Murphy
21: Luke McGrath
22: Isa Nacewa
23: Darren Hudson

REFEREE: Marius Mitrea (FIR), ASSISTANT REFEREES: James Jones, David Jones (both WRU)