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PRO14 Preview – Leinster v Dragons


Three weeks after lifting another PRO14 trophy, Leinster will start their defence against the Dragons in Dublin on Friday.

They finished last season undefeated which made them one of the most successful teams in PRO14. This is not an easy start for the defending champions against the Dragons.

A few international players have bolstered the Dragons side and they will want to up the tempo early on and be the team that derail the Champions record.

The Dragons last won against the Irish champions in 2016 loosing their last seven against them, so plenty motivation already for the men from Wales.

Leinster will be captained by Irish international Johnny Sexton who will partner with Jamison Gibson-Park with Hugo Keenan taking the number fifteen jumper for this match.

On the wings we will see Jordan Larmour and James Lowe with Ciaran Frawley and Garry Ringrose in the midfield.

The Dragons will have to cope being without Leon Brown and Jordan Willaims. Aaron Jarvin will take his place in the front row with Talbot-Davies putting the 15 jumper on for this clash.

We expect fireworks in the midfield with Tomkins and Jamie Roberts against Ringrose and Frawley.

Although we have plenty of class in the backs we do believe this one will be won upfront.


Leinster: Hugo Keenan; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Ciarán Frawley, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Ed Byrne, Rónan Kelleher, Michael Bent, Scott Fardy, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Cian Healy, Andrew Porter, Ryan Baird, Max Deegan, Luke McGrath, Ross Byrne, Tommy O’Brien

Dragons: Will Talbot-Davies; Jonah Holmes, Nick Tompkins, Jamie Roberts, Ashton Hewitt; Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (capt); Brok Harris, Elliot Dee, Aaron Jarvis, Joe Davies, Joe Maksymiw, Aaron Wainwright, Harrison Keddie, Ross Moriarty

Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Conor Maguire, Lloyd Fairbrother, Matthew Screech, Taine Basham, Tavis Knoyle, Josh Lewis, Adam Warren


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