Leinster Rugby team to face Ospreys announced
March 23, 2018 / Conor Sharkey
Leo Cullen has announced the Leinster Rugby 23-man squad to face Ospreys on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium in the Guinness PRO14 (KO 7.35pm, live S4C).
Leinster currently lead PRO14 Conference B by three points ahead of Scarlets who face Munster Rugby at Thomond Park on Saturday.
Several internationals have come straight back into the team following Ireland’s Six Nations Grand Slam success last weekend.
Luke McGrath has recovered from the knee injury sustained against Scarlets last month and will captain Leinster in tomorrow’s game in Swansea. He is partnered in the half-backs by fellow St Michael’s College man Ross Byrne at out-half.
Noel Reid, who is just three appearances away from a century of Leinster Rugby caps, starts in midfield with Rory O’Loughlin.
Joey Carbery, who featured in Ireland’s wins over Italy, Wales, Scotland and England, will start at full-back. Fergus McFadden starts on the right wing with Barry Daly named on the left wing.
There is further international experience in the front row to face Ospreys with Jack McGrath, Seán Cronin and Andrew Porter all selected to start.
Ross Molony and Scott Fardy form Leinster’s second-row partnership.
Leinster Rugby’s latest centurion, Jordi Murphy, is named at openside flanker in a back row trio completed by Jack Conan and Josh Murphy.
Ticket sales for Leinster Rugby’s Champions Cup Quarter-Final against Saracens at Aviva Stadium on Sunday, 1st April, are approaching the 45,000 mark. Get your tickets and join the roar.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets)
15. Joey Carbery (30)
14. Fergus McFadden (165)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (36)
12. Noel Reid (97)
11. Barry Daly (22)
10. Ross Byrne (44)
9. Luke McGrath (90) CAPTAIN
1. Jack McGrath (125)
2. Seán Cronin (146)
3. Andrew Porter (22)
4. Ross Molony (59)
5. Scott Fardy (16)
6. Josh Murphy (7)
7. Jordi Murphy (100)
8. Jack Conan (68)
16. James Tracy (57)
17. Ed Byrne (21)
18. Michael Bent (103)
19. Ian Nagle (16)
20. Max Deegan (15)
21. Jamison Gibson-Park (45)
22. Dave Kearney (121)
23. Adam Byrne (34)