Ross Molony to win 100th cap for Leinster
November 7, 2020 / Marcus Ó Buachalla
The Leinster Rugby team, as sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to face the Ospreys away from home tomorrow in Round 5 of the Guinness PRO14 has been announced by Head Coach Leo Cullen (KO 3pm – live on TG4 and Premier Sport).
There will be considerable interest in the Ruddock household, with Rhys Ruddock leading the team for the third game in a row against an Ospreys side with his father, Mike, employed as their Development Director.
Cullen has also handed a start to lock Ross Molony who will pull on the Leinster Rugby jersey for the 100th time tomorrow afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.
In the backs, Cullen has selected the same back three this week with Jimmy O’Brien at full-back, Cian Kelleher on the right wing, and Dave Kearney on the left.
It’s as you were in the centre also with Tommy O’Brien and Rory O’Loughlin again selected and the same at half-back with former St. Michael’s College duo Luke McGrath and Harry Byrne again starting.
There are two changes in the pack, the first being in the front row with Michael Milne making his first-ever start for Leinster Rugby after 11 games off the bench. The Birr man is still in the Leinster Academy and made his debut in September 2019.
He packs down tomorrow with James Tracy and Michael Bent.
In the second row, Scott Fardy comes in this week to join the latest Leinster Rugby centurion, Ross Molony.
26-year-old Molony is now in his seventh season with the Leinster Rugby team having made his debut in February 2015 against Zebre Rugby. Since then he has scored three tries for Leinster Rugby and has also captained the side on a number of occasions.
He first captained the side to a 31-30 win against Glasgow Warriors in the RDS Arena in April 2017 aged only 22.
Finally, in the back row, Josh Murphy, Scott Penny, and captain Ruddock complete the pack.
Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):
15. Jimmy O’Brien (21)
14. Cian Kelleher (16)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (72)
12. Tommy O’Brien (6)
11. Dave Kearney (151)
10. Harry Byrne (13)
9. Luke McGrath (131)
1. Michael Milne (11)
2. James Tracy (113)
3. Michael Bent (144)
4. Ross Molony (99)
5. Scott Fardy (64)
6. Josh Murphy (35)
7. Scott Penny (16)
8. Rhys Ruddock (177) CAPTAIN
16. Dan Sheehan (2)
17. Peter Dooley (78)
18. Ciarán Parker (1)
19. Devin Toner (251)
20. Dan Leavy (65)
21. Hugh O’Sullivan (22)
22. David Hawkshaw (1)
23. Liam Turner (1)
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)