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Leinster team to face the Dragons…

Guinness PRO12 Editor

7 Sep 2012

The Leinster team to face the Dragons in Saturday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 encounter in the RDS (KO: 6.15pm) has been named.

There are home debuts for forward duo Quinn Roux and Academy back-row forward Ben Marshall for the visit of the Welsh side. Former Stormers lock Roux partners skipper Leo Cullen while former St. Andrew's College man Marshall, who made his debut for the province away to Ulster in December 2010, comes into the back-row alongside Shane Jennings and number eight Leo Auva'a.

Ireland hooker Sean Cronin is included in the front row alongside Jamie Hagan and Jack McGrath. In the absence of the injured Isaac Boss, John Cooney will link up with Ian Madigan at half back with the rest of the largely fledgling backline that started last weekend's game in Llanelli – aside from the experienced Isa Nacewa who will make his 104th appearance – set to continue.

Devin Toner is named on the replacements bench alongside prop Heinke van der Merwe.

Ticket sales for Saturday's game have passed the 14,500 mark and are on sale from www.leinsterrugby.ie , the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. The Leinster Ticket office and van will be open for sales at the RDS from 4 hours prior to kick off this Saturday and for all games this season.

Meanwhile, as of this weekend O Publishing, Leinster's match day programme partners, will be producing digital versions of our programme and making them available to supporters via their webshop. These digital versions can be accesses on all platforms (PC, Mac, iPad, Android, etc) and are available to supporters before the match. The cost of the programme will be the same as the hardcopy version and will be payable through Paypal (Paypal account not necessary for purchase).

This means that wherever you are around the world, you can now be a part of the whole match day experience and support Leinster further by purchasing a digital programme!

Click here for details: http://www.o-publishing.co.uk/shop/node/511

Supporters making a purchase will be e-mailed an encrypted link where they can download their programme once we have processed their payment, they will only be able to download from this link a maximum of 3 times and the link will only be ‘live’ for a 48 hour period. The files will also be encoded with a hidden identifying code that is specific to each purchase so that we can track them if necessary to deter breech of copyright. Fans will also be advised of the consequences of copyright infringement and of the digital quality of programme before purchase. Supporters downloading to their PC, Mac or laptop will be offered a link to download acrobat reader, they will also be advised to view the document as ‘Two-Up continuous’ to get the most visually from the product. The digital pdf version will also include live hyperlinks and email addresses (where embedded as text) allowing more interactivity. Followers downloading to their mobile device will be advised to save to their iBooks, Aldiko libraries to access them. Unfortunately because of Apple’s restrictions the hyperlinks do not work on the iPad or iPhone.


15: Isa Nacewa
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken
12: Noel Reid
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: John Cooney

1: Jack McGrath
2: Sean Cronin
3: Jamie Hagan
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Quinn Roux
6: Ben Marshall
7: Shane Jennings
8: Leo Auva'a

16: Tom Sexton
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Martin Moore
19: Devin Toner
20: Jordi Murphy
21: Luke McGrath
22: Colm O'Shea
23: Darren Hudson

REFEREE: Marius Mitrea (FIR), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mark Patton, Jonathan Peak (both IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Gary Glennon (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: David Williams (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Alan Rogan (IRFU)