Ireland quintet set to see action for Leinster

IRELAND internationals Girvan Dempsey, Trevor Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Malcolm O’Kelly and Mike Ross have been named in the extended Leinster squad for Saturday’s British & Irish Cup clash against Exeter at Sandy Park on Saturday (3pm).

There’s an exciting blend of youth and experience with Shaun Berne — who has an 80% success rate with the boot in the competition to date — named amongst the backs alongside the likes of Michael Keating, Niall Morris and Eoin O’Malley.

In the pack, Stan Wright is named alongside the likes of Leinster Academy duo Ciaran Ruddock and Eoin Sheriff. Leinster lie on top of Pool A having won both of their opening matches and face an Exeter side who lie in second place in the English Championship.

Leinster coach Colin McEntee said: “Our accuracy was not to the level that’s required in the (9-0) loss to Ulster Ravens last week. So that’s one area that we will looking for a marked improvement in.”

LEINSTER: (Forwards): S Wright, M Ross, R McCormack, B Jackman, R Strauss, J Harris-Wright, T Hogan, M O’Kelly, D Toner, C Ruddock, E Sheriff, P Ryan, S Keogh, J Murphy.

Backs: C Keane, D Moore, P O’Donohoe, I Madigan, S Berne, K Tonetti, E O’Malley, S Keogh, D Kearney, G Dempsey, N Morris, M Keating.

Referee: L Hodges (WRU)


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