Cullen names squad to face Benetton Rugby

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The Leinster Rugby team to take on Benetton Rugby in the Guinness PRO14 at Stadio Monigo tomorrow has been named by Leo Cullen (KO 5.15pm Irish/6.15pm local – live on eir Sport).

Ross Molony will captain the side, partnered by Devin Toner in the second row.

The front row of Peter Dooley, Rónan Kelleher and Michael Bent that started the pre-season friendly win away to Northampton Saints earlier this month is retained for the PRO14 opener in Treviso.

A back row of Max Deegan, Will Connors and Caelan Doris completes the pack.

Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park will form Leinster’s half-back pairing.

Jimmy O’Brien starts at full-back while the experience of Dave Kearney and Adam Byrne on the wings completes the back three, with Rory O’Loughlin and Joe Tomane combining in the centre.

On the bench, there are potential debuts for Michael Milne and Harry Byrne.

Offaly man Milne has eight Ireland U20 caps to his name and featured in the U20 Six Nations campaign this year and the World Rugby U20 Championship. Meanwhile, Byrne (13 Ireland U20 caps) could come on in place of his brother Ross to make his debut at Stadio Monigo.

Leinster Rugby (senior caps in brackets)

Jimmy O’Brien (7)

Adam Byrne (52)

Rory O’Loughlin (61)

Joe Tomane (13)

Dave Kearney (136)

Ross Byrne (71)

Jamison Gibson-Park (70)

Peter Dooley (61)

Rónan Kelleher (2)

Michael Bent (124)

Ross Molony (82) CAPTAIN

Devin Toner (231)

Max Deegan (46)

Will Connors (5)

Caelan Doris (16)

James Tracy (92)

Michael Milne (0)

Vakh Abdaladze (7)

Josh Murphy (21)

Scott Penny (6)

Hugh O’Sullivan (14)

Harry Byrne (0)

Hugo Keenan (5)

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