Not surprisingly Leo Cullen has been named the Leinster captain for the 2013/2014 season. New coach Matt O’Connor chose to keep the experienced second row as captain for his 6th consecutive year. Speculation had arisen that the captaincy for the upcoming season may have been awarded to either Kevin McLaughlin or Gordon D’Arcy,
The Rabo Pro 12 is fast approaching and today saw the official launch of the new season in Belfast. The 2013/2014 season will kick off next Friday night when defending champions Leinster travel to Wales to play the Scarlets. Ulster will be in action against the Dragons and Glasgow will play host to the Cardiff Blues. Read more
New Leinster boss Matt O’Conner has named his first starting fifteen since taking on the role earlier on the summer. Leinster face Ulster this Friday in Ravenhill as their preparations for the new season really get under way.
O’Conner has named a relatively young side which features ten academy graduates. Some noticeable debuts however are summer signings Jimmy Gopperth and Quinn Roux who will face their first test in Leinster Blue.
Rhys Ruddock has been given the task of leading the boys in blue out against Ulster on Friday night. Down the Laighan will keep you posted with all the latest from Ravenhill on Friday night, simply follow us on our twitter; https://twitter.com/DownTheLaighin
LEINSTER (v Ulster, Friday, Ravenhill, 7.30pm): Darren Hudson; Darragh Fanning, Brendan Macken, Noel Reid, Andrew Boyle; Jimmy Gopperth, John Cooney; Jack O’Connell, Aaron Dundon, Martin Moore, Tadhg Beirne, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock (Capt), Dominic Ryan, Leo Auva’a.
Replacements: James Tracy, Jack McGrath, Michael Bent, Tadhg Furlong, Ben Marshall, Jordi Murphy, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Colm O’Shea, Adam Byrne, Thomas Daly, Billy Dardis, Thomas Farrell, Cathal Marsh.
The opening weekend of this years Rugby Championship didn’t disappoint rugby supporters everywhere with 18 tries over the two games. Although the results may not have surprised anyone with New Zealand and South Africa getting their 2013 campaign off to a victorious start, the score lines may have turned more than a few heads.