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Published: 21:51 | 28/1/16

Leinster make 12 changes


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made 12 changes for Friday night’s Pro 12 match against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Leinster have 30 players unavailable due to international call-ups and injuries, so 23-year-old scrum half Luke McGrath will captain the side for the first time.

Fergus McFadden returns from suspension while Zane Kirchner switches from wing to fullback, and Adam Byrne completes the back three, while Garry Ringrose and Ben Te’o will start in midfield.

Only Jordi Murphy and Dominic Ryan remain from the forward line that started the 51-10 Champions Cup defeat to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

Peter Dooley, James Tracy and Ross Molony, Michael Bent and Hayden Triggs make up Leinster's tight five.

Dragons winger Hallam Amos returns after four months out with a shoulder injury and could start for Wales in their Six Nations opener in Ireland on 7 February.

Dragons: Carl Meyer, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey, Sarel Pretorius; Boris Stankovich, Rhys Thomas, Brok Harris, Rynard Landman, Matthew Screech, Nick Crosswell, Nic Cudd, Lewis Evans.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Phil Price, Shaun Knight, Cory Hill, James Benjamin, Charlie Davies, Geraint Rhys Jones, Nick Scott.

Leinster: Zane Kirchner, Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Ben Te’o, Fergus McFadden, Cathal Marsh, Luke McGrath, Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Hayden Triggs, Dominic Ryan, Dan Leavy, Jordi Murphy.

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Jeremy Loughman, Oisín Heffernan, Tadhg Beirne, Peadar Timmins, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Noel Reid.

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