Cullen Announces Match Day 23 for Zebre
February 15, 2019 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to take on Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow in Stadio Zaffanella, Viadana has been named by Head Coach Leo Cullen (Kick Off: 2.30pm – live on eir Sport).
Leinster haven’t had a PRO14 game in a number of weeks since taking on Scarlets in the RDS Arena on the 25th January in a narrow 22-17 win against their Conference B rivals.
Zebre for their part haven’t played since a 61-28 away loss against the Cheetahs on the same weekend.
Cullen is able to call on a number of players that have been involved with the Ireland squad during the first two rounds of the Guinness Six Nations.
Dave Kearney lines out at full back with Adam Byrne on the right wing and Barry Daly on the left.
Conor O’Brien and Rory O’Loughlin are the centre combination with Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne the halfbacks.
In the pack it’s an all-Irish international front row with Jack McGrath, James Tracy and Andrew Porter named.
Scott Fardy will captain the side from the second row with Ross Molony alongside him.
In the back row, Josh Murphy starts at blindside flanker, Max Deegan starts at openside and Caelan Doris is selected at number 8.
Jack Dunne will make his senior debut should he be called upon from the bench.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Dave Kearney (130)
14. Adam Byrne (48)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (55)
12. Conor O’Brien (12)
11. Barry Daly (30)
10. Ross Byrne (62)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (66)
1. Jack McGrath (140)
2. James Tracy (84)
3. Andrew Porter (45)
4. Ross Molony (78)
5. Scott Fardy (35) CAPTAIN
6. Josh Murphy (15)
7. Max Deegan (35)
8. Caelan Doris (9)
16. Bryan Byrne (35)
17. Peter Dooley (56)
18. Michael Bent (116)
19. Mick Kearney (45)
20. Jack Dunne (0)
21. Hugh O’Sullivan (8)
22. Noel Reid (114)
23. Jimmy O’Brien (3)
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)