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Sexton to captain Leinster for Guinness PRO14 opener

Johnny Sexton will captain the Leinster team for Friday night's opening Guinness PRO14 game again...



Sexton to captain Leinster for...
Rugby

Sexton to captain Leinster for Guinness PRO14 opener

Johnny Sexton will captain the Leinster team for Friday night's opening Guinness PRO14 game against the Dragons at the RDS.

Leo Cullen has named a strong starting 15 for the first game of the new season.

Hugo Keenan is selected at full-back with Jordan Larmour on the right-wing and James Lowe on the left.

Ciarán Frawley starts at inside centre with Garry Ringrose outside him at 13 and Sexton will have Jamison Gibson-Park as his half-back partner.

In the pack, Ed Byrne is selected at loosehead prop, with Rónan Kelleher at hooker and Michael Bent at tighthead.

Scott Fardy and James Ryan form the second row and it's a back row of Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Luke McGrath are among those named on the bench.

Leinster team:

(15-9) Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Ciarán Frawley, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton (C), Jamison Gibson-Park.

(1-8) 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.

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