Ruddock to lead Leinster against Treviso

Rhys Ruddock will captain Leinster on his 50th provincial appearance in tomorrow night’s RaboDirect PRO12 showdown against Treviso at the RDS (5pm).

Rhys Ruddock will captain Leinster on his 50th provincial appearance in tomorrow night’s RaboDirect PRO12 showdown against Treviso at the RDS (5pm).

Ruddock is named in a back-row with fellow academy graduates Dominic Ryan and Jordi Murphy, who scored a try in the 26-11 victory over Cardiff Blues on his 18th appearance last weekend.

The province also welcomes back several players who were involved with the Ireland squad in recent weeks.

Amongst them is hooker Sean Cronin while fellow Limerick man Eoin Reddan will make his 78th Leinster appearance and will link up with Ian Madigan at half back.

Normally, Cian Healy wouldn't have played this weekend due to international commitments but, given the circumstances, a run out would have been welcomed.

However it has been stated that he is suspended after stamping on Dan Cole’s ankle in last weekend’s defeat to England and is therefore unavailable for selection and unable to play against Treviso.

Fergus McFadden joins full-back Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney in an exciting back three, with Eoin O'Malley - fresh from making his senior seasonal bow last weekend - named at centre alongside Andrew Goodman.

In total 12 of the starting 15 are graduates of the Leinster Academy, demonstrating the province's commitment to develop local talent.

Leinster (v. Treviso): L Fitzgerald; D Kearney, E O’Malley, A Goodman, F McFadden; I Madigan, E Reddan; J McGrath, S Cronin, J Hagan; B Marshall, D Toner, R Ruddock (capt), D Ryan, J Murphy.

Replacements: A Dundon, J O’Connell, M Bent, L Cullen, S Jennings, I Boss, N Reid, F Carr.

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