Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Leinster Announce Team For PRO12 Semi-Final

Leinster Announce Team For PRO12 Semi-Final

Davies is back from a shoulder injury he suffered against Dragons in April.

Ruddock was superb against Clermont in the Champions Cup semi-final.

No away team has won a semi-final since the play-off format was introduced but Garry Ringrose can point to Scarlets' win in Thomond Park earlier this season to show that this evening's Guinness Pro12 opponents are more than capable of bucking that trend (7.45pm, live on RTÉ 2fm's Game On).

Ruddock was perhaps the most impressive Leinster player on the pitch in their Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont and his excellent form has also earned him a recall for Ireland.

Owens was one of three hookers named in the 41-man Lions squad for New Zealand alongside Ireland skipper Rory Best and England's Jamie George.

With cranes dominating the Dublin skyline, while this penultimate game for the secondary trophy on offer fails to capture the imagination of the Leinster rugby-set, who love their Lyon sunshine, the good times are clearly back again. Leavy and Scarlets openside James Davies are joint top of the Pro12 turnover stats on 27 in 1,240 minutes (Davies has 1,176 minutes).

James Davies will be a pest at the breakdown for Leinster.

Finally, in the back row, Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier will line out on the flanks with fellow Ireland worldwide Jack Conan packing down at number 8.

Regarding Leinster's backrow musical chairs, Cullen has gone with two backs on the bench - assisted by the versatility of Joey Carbery at fullback - to make room for the outstanding Dan Leavy and Lions flanker Sean O'Brien to be unleashed.

"All the time you are looking for balance and [considering] the opposition you are going to play; the form of guys, physically how they are at this stage of the season".

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"You are making those calls and assessments all the time", he said.

"Josh has been a very, very steady performer for us".

"Dan has come in and done incredibly well and it's great to have that luxury".

"You get those people you want to spend time and company with, and he is one of those guys".

Another major threat to Leinster's possession is Tadhg Beirne, who came through the province's academy but was severely hampered by injuries and joined the Welsh region last summer.

"He is a good competitor, most importantly", said Cullen. With the summer tours looming, nobody wants to get injured.

"Our players need to make sure they are on guard - they know Tadgh well - and to have full respect for what he will be able to potentially deliver".

Recent meetings: Scarlets 38-29 Leinster (November), Leinster 45-9 Scarlets (March).

"To give us the opportunity to win some silverware, that what's we're viewing [this game] as; an opportunity to get in to a final". Adam Byrne 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Isa Nacewa - capt., 10. James Tracy 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Ross Molony, 5. Rhys Ruddock 7. Josh van der Flier 8. Cian Healy (171) 18.

Leinster topped the PRO12 for most of the season and boss Leo Cullen has named a strong team for the semi-final clash, even with Ireland's worldwide lock Devin Toner dropped to the bench.

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