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Seán O’Brien Returns to Captain Leinster Rugby

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

8 Mar 2018

Sean O'Brien

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 to take on Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow evening (kick off: 7.35pm – live on SKY Sports).

The original fixture was scheduled for last Saturday but with Dublin Airport closed due to Storm Emma, the Leinster Rugby squad were unable to take flight and therefore the fixture goes ahead in Parc y Scarlets tomorrow evening.

Cullen is able to call upon the services of a number of returning players while other players have been released from Ireland duty to line up in blue.

There is a welcome back for Seán O’Brien, who also captains the side, having recovered from a hip injury and he lines out in the back row for his 115th cap for Leinster.

O’Brien is joined in the back row by Josh Murphy and by Jack Conan.

In the front five, Ed and Bryan Byrne again start together with Michael Bent at tighthead prop, while behind them Ross Molony is joined by Scott Fardy.

In the backs Dave Kearney lines out at full back with Barry Daly on the right wing and James Lowe on the left.

The centre combination features Noel Reid and Rory O’Loughlin while the half backs are also an all-St Michael’s combination with Nick McCarthy at nine and Ross Byrne outside him at ten.

On the bench Leinster Academy scrumhalf Charlie Rock is in line to make his first appearance of the season.

Leinser Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Dave Kearney (120)
14. Barry Daly (21)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (35)
12. Noel Reid (96)
11. James Lowe (7)
10. Ross Byrne (43)
9. Nick McCarthy (20)
1. Ed Byrne (20)
2. Bryan Byrne (24)
3. Michael Bent (102)
4. Ross Molony (58)
5. Scott Fardy (15)
6. Josh Murphy (6)
7. Seán O’Brien (114) CAPTAIN
8. Jack Conan (67)

16. James Tracy (56)
17. Peter Dooley (45)
18. Adam Coyle (1)
19. Mick Kearney (31)
20. Max Deegan (14)
21. Charlie Rock (1)
22. Ciarán Frawley (2)
23. Adam Byrne (33)