Friday, September 1, 2017

A few new caps for Leinster,and the buzz about the SA sides in the PRO14!

 Jordan Lamour

The new expanded PRO rugby tournament is back, and there is a buzz about the involvement of the South African teams, no doubt about it. The proof is in the pudding though, and we'll only know in May next year how it all pans out - do the fans here and in SA take to it, what is the effect of the travel, how competitive are they? I think they'll end up mid table.. and that the travel will be an issue. Already there are more SA teams keen to join!

Anyway,  Leinster get going on Saturday at Rodney Parade against the Dragons - Bernard Jackman is the coach there, Zane Kirchner is the full back.. it's all being kept in the family. Gavin Henson is the Dragons fly half!

We've put out strongish team, we get to see Scott Fardy, and new caps for Scott Fardy and Jordan Lamour. Bring it on! I'd say we should win, it won't be a cake walk though.

Guinness PRO14
Friday 1st September
Cardiff Blues 19:35 Edinburgh
Munster 19:35 Treviso
Ulster 19:35 Cheetahs

Saturday 2nd September
Ospreys 14:30 Zebre
Dragons 15:15 Leinster
Scarlets 17:30 Southern Kings
Connacht 19:35 Glasgow Warriors

15. Rob Kearney (185)
14. Adam Byrne (24)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (21)
12. Isa Nacewa (170) CAPTAIN
11. Jordan Larmour (0)
10. Ross Byrne (23)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (29)
1. Cian Healy (172)
2. Seán Cronin (128)
3. Michael Bent (87)
4. Devin Toner (198)
5. Scott Fardy (0)
6. Dan Leavy (39)
7. Josh van der Flier (46)
8. Max Deegan (3)
16. James Tracy (42)
17. Ed Byrne (7)
18. Andrew Porter (8)
19. James Ryan (0)
20. Jack Conan (51)
21. Nick McCarthy (7)
22. Cathal Marsh (18)
23. Barry Daly (10)
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)

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