The Leinster team to face Benetton Treviso in Saturday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash in the RDS (KO: 5pm) has been named…

Rhys Ruddock will captain the side on his 50th provincial appearance and is named in a back-row with fellow Academy graduates Dominic Ryan and Jordi Murphy, who scored a try in the 26-11 victory over Cardiff Blues on his 18th appearance last weekend.

The province can also welcome back several players who were involved with the Ireland squad in recent weeks. Amongst them is hooker Sean Cronin while fellow Limerick man Eoin Reddan will make his 78th Leinster appearance and will link up with Ian Madigan at half back.

Normally, Cian Healy wouldn’t have played this weekend but, given the circumstances, a run out would have been welcomed. However it has been stated that he is suspended and is therefore unavailable for selection and unable to play against Treviso.

Fergus McFadden joins full-back Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney in an exciting back three, with Eoin O’Malley – fresh from making his senior seasonal bow last weekend – named at centre alongside Andrew Goodman.

In total 12 of the starting 15 are graduates of the Leinster Academy, demonstrating the province’s commitment to develop local talent.

It’s ‘Ladies Night’ in the RDS on Saturday and all lady supporters at this game will be treated with goodies such as flowers, cupcakes and more while also having the chance to win some great prizes. Come along and enjoy the live music around the grounds and keep an eye out for our goodie bag locations to pick up yours with some great treats inside! Look out for Cupid who will be roaming the grounds looking to escort some lucky ladies to their seats. While enjoying the match the fabulous Blue Crew will be surprising some ladies in the crowd with spot prizes so keep watch! Gates open at 3.30pm.

Ticket sales for Saturday’s game have passed the 16,000 mark and are on sale ONLINE HERE, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.


15: Luke Fitzgerald
14: Dave Kearney
13: Eoin O’Malley
12: Andrew Goodman
11: Fergus McFadden
10: Ian Madigan
9: Eoin Reddan

1: Jack McGrath
2: Sean Cronin
3: Jamie Hagan
4: Ben Marshall
5: Devin Toner
6: Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Jordi Murphy


16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack O’Connell
18: Michael Bent
19: Leo Cullen
20: Shane Jennings
21: Isaac Boss
22: Noel Reid
23: Fionn Carr

REFEREE: Leighton Hodges (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: David Wilkinson, Barrie O’Connell (both IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Carvill (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: Tim Townend (Leinster Rugby Referees)