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Leinster Change Eight for Glasgow’s Visit

Leinster have made eight changes to their starting line-up for this weekend’s PRO14 clash with the Glasgow Warriors



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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made eight changes to his starting XV for tomorrow’s PRO14 game against the Glasgow Warriors in the RDS at 19 35.

Following last weekend’s win at the Ospreys Cullen has been able to recall several players released from the Irish set-up as well as naming two academy players among the line-up. 

In the front-row Peter Dooley and Michael Bent continue in the side but are joined by Sean Cronin at hooker this week, while youngster Ryan Baird locks down beside Scott Fardy in the second-row as the latter once again captains the team. 

Josh Murphy remains at blindside-flanker, with Will Connors coming in at openside and Max Deegan slots straight in at No 8 after returning to the Leinster camp. 

Luke McGrath is selected at scrum-half and is joined in the half-back pairing by Harry Byrne, while Joe Tomane links-up with Jimmy O’Brien in the midfield. 

James Lowe takes his place on the left-wing, with Dave Kearney on the right and Hugo Keenan retains his spot to finish off the starting line-up from full-back. 

There is plenty of experience for Cullen to call upon from the bench with the likes of James Tracy, Rhys Ruddock, Jamison Gibson-Park and Fergus McFadden among the replacements. 

Speaking ahead of the game centre O’Brien is wary of the challenge that the Warriors will pose and knows his side will need to be at their best to win. 

“You’ve seen from the result that they got over in the RDS last year they’re not afraid to come over here. They’re going to relish it,” he said. 

Leinster will be hoping to make it 13-wins in a row in the PRO14 on Friday and increase their lead at the top of Conference A, while the Warriors will be looking to upset the hosts and get a result against the league leaders. 

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below.

Starting XV: 

15. Hugo Keenan (13)

14. Dave Kearney (147)

13. Jimmy O’Brien (16)

12. Joe Tomane (20)

11. James Lowe (42)

10. Harry Byrne (8)

9. Luke McGrath (122)

1. Peter Dooley (75)

2. Seán Cronin (180)

3. Michael Bent (134)

4. Ryan Baird (6)

5. Scott Fardy (57) (c)

6. Josh Murphy (31)

7. Will Connors (14)

8. Max Deegan (61)


16. James Tracy (107)

17. Michael Milne (7)

18. Jack Aungier (4)

19. Jack Dunne (6)

20. Rhys Ruddock (171)

21. Jamison Gibson-Park (87)

22. Ciarán Frawley (24)

23. Fergus McFadden (183)


Ulster make changes for Ospreys clash



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Craig Gilroy is set to become the eighth Ulster man to make 200 appearances for the province if called upon on Saturday, as he is named among the replacements in the match-day squad to face Ospreys on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Mike Lowry has been selected at full-back, with Ethan McIlroy on the left wing and Robert Baloucoune on the right. Stuart McCloskey and Angus Curtis will form the midfield pairing. John Cooney and Billy Burns have been named scrum-half and out-half respectively.

Brad Roberts will come in to start at hooker, with Eric O’Sullivan and Tom O’Toole either side of him in the front row. Alan O’Connor will captain the team and is named in the second row with Kieran Treadwell. Sean Reidy comes in to start at blindside, with Nick Timoney at openside and David McCann completing the base of the pack.

Jack McGrath makes his return to the Ulster side after recovering from injury and is named among the replacements. Although named on the bench last week versus Leinster, Tom Stewart wasn’t called upon, so could make his senior debut on Saturday as he is selected again in the replacements with fellow forwards, Marty Moore, Mick Kearney and Marcus Rea. Nathan Doak, Stewart Moore and potential double-centurion, Craig Gilroy will provide the back line cover.

Ulster team to play Ospreys, United Rugby Championship Round 7, Saturday 4 December at Stadium, 3pm kick-off, live Premier Sports and URC TV:

(15-9) Mike Lowry, Robert Baloucoune, Angus Curtis, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Eric O’Sullivan, Brad Roberts, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O’Connor (Capt.), Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney, David McCann.

Replacements: Tom Stewart, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Mick Kearney, Marcus Rea, Nathan Doak, Stewart Moore, Craig Gilroy.

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Du Preez to join Glasgow Warriors



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South African second-rower JP du Preez has become the first new signing announced by Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2022/23 season, after agreeing to make the move north from Sale Sharks at the end of the current campaign subject to visa.

Standing at 6’10”, the du Preez became the tallest player to have ever played a Super Rugby match when he made his competitive debut for the Emirates Lions back in 2015.

The man from Roodeport joined Sale Sharks in November 2020, making 18 appearances for the English Premiership side to date.

A physical presence with ball in hand, he has also proven a menace for Premiership lineouts; currently the second-rower sits joint-fourth in the table for lineout steals, as well as providing Sale with a platform from which to launch their attack.

Prior to his switch to Sale, du Preez made 31 appearances for the Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14 between 2018 and 2020.

Indeed, the newest Warrior has previous experience of playing in front of the Scotstoun faithful, having come off the bench for the final five minutes of Glasgow’s 35-17 victory over the Cheetahs in 2019.

Source – Glasgow Rugby

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Munster Rugby Travel Update



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In a hugely positive development the wider Munster touring party departed Cape Town tonight after a group of 34 players and staff received negative results on completing a fourth round of PCR testing in six days.

Team management worked tirelessly on securing scheduled flights at short notice and the group are expected to land in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

Another four positive cases were identified in Tuesday’s round of PCR testing and a total group of 14 will see out their respective isolation periods at the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town.

This is a difficult time for all players and staff involved and we are very mindful of their wellbeing and the understandable concern from family and friends at home. The group will be well looked after with team liaisons Warren Morris and Kubaan Lorens remaining on site with medical support provided daily.

As outlined by the government earlier this week, on arrival from South Africa the returning players and staff will follow mandatory self-isolation at their own locations.

Munster Rugby would like to say a huge thank you to the management and staff at Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel for all their help and efforts over the last few days, especially at a time when last-minute support and requirements were needed for a large group.  The contribution Warren and Kubaan made during this time cannot be overstated and we are indebted to the duo for their professionalism and support.

Again, we wish to take this opportunity to thank the Irish government, the IRFU, South Africa Rugby, URC, and the health authorities for their assistance in particular with regards to facilitating the safe return of our staff and players.

Source – Munster Rugby

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