Ireland internationals Robbie Henshaw, Devin Toner, and Jack McGrath return to the starting line-up for Leinster, while Sean O’Brien could make an appearance from the bench after a spell out due to an injury.
Henshaw and Toner are also coming back from hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. McGrath comes into the starting XV after being on the bench last week.
The match will provide them with some much-needed game time ahead of the Six Nations.
The line-up also sees Leo Cullen stick with his back three of Dave Kearney, Jordan Larmour and Adam Byrne after their impressive displays in Leinster’s 29-13 win over Toulouse.
Ross Byrne starts at fly-half and will have to put the disappointment of not receiving a call up to the Ireland squad behind him. He is partnered by Jamison Gibson-Park at No.9 who replaces the injured Luke McGrath.
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On the Wasps side there are a few changes, as Jake Cooper-Wooley replaces Will Stuart at prop, Nizaam Carr comes in for Thomas Young in the back-row, with Gabiriele Lovobalavu taking the place of Juan du Jongh in the centre.
Elsewhere Joshua Bassett switches wings to accommodate Elliot Daly on the opposite wing with Ross Neal missing out.
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Wasps are out of the competition already and are sitting bottom of the pool with only four points from five games and return to the field after losing 18-16 to Bath last weekend.
On the other hand, Leinster have already qualified for the last eight thanks to Edinburgh’s win over Montpellier last night, but they still have sights on topping the group and claiming a home quarter-final.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference returning lock Toner warned of the threat Wasps pose.
“Wasps have nothing to lose coming out against us. With us, how we’ve gone last year and how we’ve been playing, we have a big target on our backs. Everyone loves coming up against us these days and it’s a great marker for them to put down a good performance against us”, he said.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) January 19, 2019
Toner’s comments will remind his team mates that they are in poll position to take top spot in Pool 1, but Toulouse will be waiting in the wings for any slip-up as Wasps look to regain some pride.
Another Fijian Heads to Scotland
Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of a Fijian star only two days after Edinburgh captured the signing of Mesulame Kunavula
Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Fijian hooker Mesu Dolokota on a two-year deal from Fijian Drua.
The 24-year-old was named in Fiji’s World Cup training squad last month and will join up with the Warriors following the conclusion of the tournament in Japan.
“I’m very happy to be joining Glasgow Warriors and I’m looking forward to playing in two of the best rugby competitions in the world. The opportunity to learn from such an experienced coaching team and play in such a successful team is very exciting for me. The club has a strong Fijian history and I hope I can be a big part of it going forward,” he said.
The hooker has nine international caps for Fiji as well as having experience in Super Rugby with the Brumbies in 2015 and Glasgow assistant coach John Dalziel is delighted to add more experience to the squad.
“Mesu is an exciting talent who will bring even more international experience to our front row. He isn’t your traditional front-row forward, he likes to bring a bit of Fijian flair to his game, but he can also do the basics very well and we’re excited to work with him when he shows up following international duty,” he said.
Dolokoto follows the footsteps of fellow Fijian Mesulame Kunavula, who joined Edinburgh only a couple of days ago and the PRO 14 can look forward to some Fijian flare next season.
Leinster Unveil New European and Alternative Jerseys
Leinster have revealed their European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season
Leinster have unveiled their new Adidas European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season.
Leinster have revealed that the jersey has been inspired by meteorites that were once used to create iron spears and will be worn by the club for the next two seasons.
“The pattern of the Leinster Rugby European jersey takes inspiration from meteorites that fell from the sky and were used by the Laighin people to create their iron spear. These meteorite formations form the graphic design of the jersey paying homage to the tale of the metal of the Gods, providing bold and vibrant energy for Leinster Rugby’s European campaign,” they said on their official website.
The alternative jersey is a shade of purple with black strips horizontally across the shirt.
They have said that this jersey is inspired by the purple skyline that is seen across the east coach of Ireland.
“The Alternate jersey embodies the electric energy of Ireland’s east coast at night. The iconic purple skyline forms the colour inspiration for this season’s kit. Incorporating a twist on the traditional hoop design, the kit harnesses the vibrant energy of the province, whilst maintaining a classic look and feel,” they added.
As well as the two new jerseys Leinster will continue to wear their Adidas home jersey from the 2018/19 season for the season ahead.
Ulster Confirm Squad for 2019/20 Season
Ulster have announced their 44-man strong squad ahead of next season
As well as having 41 Irish-qualified players the northern province have 27 players that have progressed from their academy.
The club have handed nine players that started last season in the Abbey Insurance Ulster Academy new contracts and have six new players joining them
Leinster’s Jack McGrath makes his move up north along with Munster’s Bill Johnson. While former Leinster academy player David O’Connor, whose brother Alan is already a second row at the club, also comes in.
Matt Faddes joins from the Highlanders, with Gareth Milasinovich and Sam Carter as joining.
Head coach Dan McFarland is delighted to have kept such a large number of home-grown players in the squad ahead of the new season.
“It is important that we retain the best of our home-grown talent, many of whom receive attractive offers from other clubs, and we have managed to do that once again with some key re-signings. Combined with this core group of Ulster men is the vital input of our overseas players. Having players like Marcell Coetzee in the group has delivered tangible benefits both on and off the field, and I’m confident that Sam Carter and Matt Faddes will also have big impact,” he said.
McFarland is also happy to have the likes of McGrath come in and is confident of the direction in which the club is heading.
“We will also welcome the experience and quality of Jack McGrath, and the potential of Gareth Milasinovich, Bill Johnston and David O’Connor into the squad, and I’m looking forward to working with them all. The squad is developing nicely. We need to have quality throughout the squad; sometimes that’s down to recruitment, a lot of the time it’s down to bringing the young guys through. Getting a healthy mixture of the two is really important,” he added.
Ulster begin their pre-season training on the 1st of July with everyone bar the players involved with the Rugby World Cup expected to start preparing for the new season.
Check out the Full Squad Below.
Will Addison, John Andrew, Robert Baloucoune, Billy Burns, Sam Carter, Marcell Coetzee, John Cooney, Angus Curtis, Matt Faddes, Craig Gilroy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, James Hume, Bill Johnston, Greg Jones, Ross Kane, Angus Kernohan, Michael Lowry, Louis Ludik, Rob Lyttle, Luke Marshall, Adam McBurney, Kyle McCall, Zack McCall, Stuart McCloskey, Jack McGrath, Gareth Milasinovic, Marty Moore, Jordi Murphy, Alan O’Connor, David O’Connor, Tommy O’Hagan, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Marcus Rea, Matty Rea, Sean Reidy, Clive Ross, David Shanahan, Jonny Stewart, Jacob Stockdale, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell, Andrew Warwick
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