Frawley Makes First Start As Ringrose Returns
February 22, 2018 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 to take on the Southern Kings in the RDS Arena tomorrow evening in Round 16 of the Guinness PRO14 (Kick Off: 7.35pm – live on TG4).
After his debut off the bench last week against the Scarlets, Skerries man Ciarán Frawley has been named to start at outhalf by Cullen for the first time.
The former Skerries Community College man who has 10 Ireland Under 20s caps will start in the ten jersey having kicked two from two off the tee and impressed in general play on his full senior debut.
Elsewhere, Dave Kearney starts at full back for his 120th cap with Barry Daly on the right wing and last week’s Guinness Man of the Match James Lowe on the left wing.
Isa Nacewa captains the side from the centre on his 180th appearance in blue with the returning Garry Ringrose outside him in the number 13 jersey.
Ringrose last played for Leinster in January against Ulster before an ankle injury forced him off.
Partnering Frawley in the half backs is UCD’s Nick McCarthy.
In the front row Ed Byrne is selected at loosehead prop and is joined by twin brother Bryan at hooker.
It’s the first time the Carlow brothers start together in Leinster senior colours having done so twice so far this season with the Leinster ‘A’ team in the British & Irish Cup.
Completing the front row is Irish international Michael Bent, with Mick Kearney and Ian Nagle selected in the second row.
In the back row Leinster Academy forward Josh Murphy is selected at blindside flanker, with Will Connors on the openside. Max Deegan completes the pack from No. 8.
On the bench Cullen has called upon St. Mary’s College player Adam Coyle as his tight head replacement option and the former Naas CBS and Ireland Under 20s prop is in line to make his Leinster Rugby senior debut having previously played with the Leinster Under 20s.
Also on the bench is James Tracy who makes a return from an elbow injury and plays for the first time since the Ulster Rugby game in January when he had to leave the field after 27 minutes.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Dave Kearney (119)
14. Barry Daly (20)
13. Garry Ringrose (44)
12. Isa Nacewa (179) CAPTAIN
11. James Lowe (6)
10. Ciarán Frawley (1)
9. Nick McCarthy (19)
1. Ed Byrne (19)
2. Bryan Byrne (23)
3. Michael Bent (101)
4. Mick Kearney (30)
5. Ian Nagle (15)
6. Josh Murphy (5)
7. Will Connors (2)
8. Max Deegan (13)
16. James Tracy (55)
17. Peter Dooley (44)
18. Adam Coyle (0)
19. Ross Molony (57)
20. Peadar Timmins (9)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (44)
22. Noel Reid (95)
23. Jordan Larmour (15)
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)