Zane Kirchner will start at full-back for Dragons Rugby in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Round 1 match at Rodney Parade, which will also be former Leinster player Bernard Jackman’s first competitive game in charge of Dragons.

Kirchner left Leinster Rugby at the end of last season after four years with the province which saw him pick up a PRO12 winners medal and score 11 tries in 88 appearances.

Jackman spent five seasons with Leinster from 2005-2010, winning a Heineken Cup and Magners League title in a period which saw him make 91 appearances for the province.

Wales international Gavin Henson will also make his first appearance for Dragons this weekend.

Leinster v Cardiff Blues

Dragons Rugby

15. Zane Kirchner
14. Ashton Hewitt
13. Tyler Morgan
12. Jack Dixon
11. Hallam Amos
10. Gavin Henson
9. Charlie Davies
1. Brok Harris
2. Elliot Dee
3. Leon Brown
4. Matthew Screech
5. Cory Hill CAPTAIN
6. James Thomas
7. James Benjamin
8. Harri Keddie

Replacements

16. Rhys Buckley
17. Luke Garrett
18. Lloyd Fairbrother
19. Rynard Landman
20. Max Williams
21. Tavis Knoyle
22. Angus O’Brien
23. Jared Rosser