Cullen Announces 23 to Face Scarlets
October 27, 2022 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to face Scarlets Rugby in the BKT United Rugby Championship tomorrow in Parc y Scarlets has been announced by Leo Cullen (KO: 7.35pm – live on TG4, Premier Sports and URC TV).
It’s a new back three for Cullen this week with two Academy players, Chris Cosgrave and Rob Russell, joined by the experienced Dave Kearney. It will be Cosgrave’s first involvement of the campaign and only his second start ever.
In the centre Charlie Ngatai is joined by Liam Turner this week, with Irish internationals Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne the half backs.
Ed Byrne, John McKee and Thomas Clarkson is the front row selected by Cullen with McKee and Clarkson making their first starts of the season.
Ross Molony and Jason Jenkins are selected in the second row with Rhys Ruddock back as captain.
Scott Penny and Max Deegan complete the back row.
On the bench it will be a special weekend for the families, friends and clubs of Tadgh McElroy, Charlie Tector and Ben Brownlee with all three in line to make debuts off the bench.
McElroy started out his rugby journey with Dundalk RFC, and most recently played with Lansdowne FC in the Energia All-Ireland League. He signed a short-term deal with Leinster Rugby last month after a string of impressive performances for Leinster ‘A’.
Wexford born Tector, played with Enniscorthy RFC, while also attending Kilkenny College. He played a leading role in the Ireland U-20s Grand Slam success in 2022, including a late conversion to seal a one-point win against France. Like McElroy, Tector now lines out with Lansdowne FC.
20-year-old Brownlee came through Wanderers FC before attending Blackrock College. His father Allan would have played with the London Irish U-20s, while his great-uncle Ronnie Dawson captained Leinster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions. Brownlee plays with UCD RFC in the Energia AIL.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Chris Cosgrave (2)
14. Rob Russell (9)
13. Liam Turner (7)
12. Charlie Ngatai (5)
11. Dave Kearney (176)
10. Ross Byrne (134)
9. Luke McGrath (180)
1. Ed Byrne (89)
2. John McKee (7)
3. Thomas Clarkson (19)
4. Ross Molony (145)
5. Jason Jenkins (5)
6. Rhys Ruddock (212) CAPTAIN
7. Scott Penny (43)
8. Max Deegan (86)
16. Tadgh McElroy (0)
17. Michael Milne (18)
18. Vakhtang Abdaladze (20)
19. Brian Deeny (3)
20. Martin Moloney (9)
21. Nick McCarthy (50)
22. Charlie Tector (0)
23. Ben Brownlee (0)
Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)