25/10/2019 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Leinster Rugby team to face Zebre

The Leinster Rugby team has been named by Head Coach Leo Cullen to play against Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow evening (6.15pm - live on Eir Sport).

After a week off last weekend Leinster are back in action in Italy following three wins from three in their opening rounds of the Guinness PRO14 and Cullen has made some changes from the team that accounted for Edinburgh in Round 3.

Hugo Keenan continues at full back after his impressive start to the season, but there are two changes on the wings with Adam Byrne coming in on the right and Cian Kelleher making his first start of the season and indeed involved in a match day squad for the first time since his return to the club from Connacht Rugby. Kelleher already has one try in seven games to his name from his time in the Leinster Rugby Academy.

Joe Tomane and Rory O'Loughlin continue their partnership in the centre, as do Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne at half back.

Peter Dooley and Michael Bent are the starting props once again with James Tracy making his first start of the season at hooker. Ross Molony comes into the second row and starts alongside captain Scott Fardy.

In the back row Josh Murphy starts at blindside with Scott Penny at openside and Max Deegan at number eight.

On the bench Bryan Byrne and Ryan Baird are involved for the first time this season.

Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Hugo Keenan (8)
14. Adam Byrne (53)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (64)
12. Joe Tomane (16)
11. Cian Kelleher (7)
10. Ross Byrne (74)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (73)
1. Peter Dooley (64)
2. James Tracy (95)
3. Michael Bent (127)
4. Ross Molony (85)
5. Scott Fardy (46) CAPTAIN
6. Josh Murphy (24)
7. Scott Penny (7)
8. Max Deegan (49)

16. Bryan Byrne (42)
17. Michael Milne (3)
18. Vakh Abdaladze (10)
19. Ryan Baird (1)
20. Caelan Doris (19)
21. Hugh O’Sullivan (15)
22. Harry Byrne (3)
23. Jimmy O’Brien (9)

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)