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Leinster look to get back to winning ways as they take on Connacht at the RDS

Updated: Friday, 28 Dec 2012 14:21 | Comments

Connacht will be hoping to do the double on Leinster at the RDS
Connacht will be hoping to do the double on Leinster at the RDS

Leinster will be looking to get back to winning ways when they entertain Connacht in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the RDS, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Donnybrook-based side have lost their last three fixtures and will be looking for revenge on an earlier defeat to Saturday’s visitors.

Shane Jennings leads a young Leinster team and the back-row forward is one of six Ireland internationals in the starting line up.

Amongst them is Fergus McFadden who starts on the right wing in a back three alongside Fionn Carr and full-back Andrew Conway.

Ian Madigan lies in third place in the league’s accumulators list with 74 points in 11 PRO12 games so far and he will pair up with Isaac Boss at half back.

In the pack, Heinke van der Merwe is named in the front row alongside Aaron Dundon and Ireland prop Michael Bent, with Devin Toner partnering Ben Marshall at second row.

Connacht head Coach Eric Elwood has made four changes to his starting XV as the Westerners pursue a season double over the European champions after defeating Leinster 34-6 at the Sportsground in September.

Winger Matt Healy earns his first start and cap for the province after impressing with the Connacht Eagles in the British & Irish Cup.

Danie Poolman moves to the right wing and makes way for Eoin Griffin who resumes his centre partnership with Dave McSharry.

In the pack, Denis Buckley is named in the front row alongside Jason Harris-Wright and Nathan White, who captains the side.

Michael Swift, who returned from injury last week and came off the bench against Munster, will partner George Naoupu in the second row.

Leinster XV: Andrew Conway, Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Andrew Goodman, Fionn Carr, Ian Madigan, Isaac Boss; Heinke van der Merwe, Aaron Dundon, Michael Bent, Ben Marshall, Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings (capt), Jordi Murphy.
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen, Dominic Ryan, John Cooney, Noel Reid, Adam Byrne

Connacht XV: Robbie Henshaw, Danie Poolman, Eoin Griffin, Dave McSharry, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Jason Harris-Wright, Nathan White (captain), Michael Swift, George Naoupu, Andrew Browne, Johnny O'Connor, Eoin McKeon.
Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Brett Wilkinson, Ronan Loughney, Mick Kearney, Eoghan Grace, Paul O'Donohoe, Matthew Jarvis, Tiernan O'Halloran.

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