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Devin Toner to win 200th cap as Leinster announce team to face Cardiff Blues

Hooker James Tracy comes in for his first start of the campaign, while there are two changes to the back row.

Devin Toner will win his 200th Leinster cap on Friday.
Devin Toner will win his 200th Leinster cap on Friday.
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DEVIN TONER WILL win his 200th cap for Leinster’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues on Friday.

The Meath native is only the sixth player to have reached that milestone, with Jamie Heaslip the only other individual in the current squad to have achieved the feat.

31-year-old Toner made his debut 12 seasons ago in a home win against Border Reivers in January 2006.

Elsewhere, Leo Cullen makes just one change to the back line that started against Dragons last week, with scrum half Luke McGrath coming into the side.

Hooker James Tracy comes in for his first start of the campaign, while there are two changes to the back row with Rhys Ruddock and Jack Conan making their first starts of the campaign.

The bench includes Mick Kearney, who will be hoping to be involved for the first time this season at some point during the game.

The match takes place in the RDS at 7.35pm tomorrow.

Leinster team to face Cardiff Blues:

15. Rob Kearney
14. Adam Byrne
13. Rory O’Loughlin
12. Isa Nacewa
11. Jordan Larmour
10. Ross Byrne
9. Luke McGrath

1. Cian Healy
2. James Tracy
3. Michael Bent
4. Devin Toner
5. Scott Fardy
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jack Conan

Replacements

16. Seán Cronin
17. Ed Byrne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Mick Kearney
20. Dan Leavy
21. Nick McCarthy
22. Cathal Marsh
23. Barry Daly

Cardiff Blues team

15. Rhun Williams
14. Alex Cuthbert
13. Garyn Smith
12. Rey Lee-Lo
11. Tom James
10. Steve Shingler
9. Lloyd Williams

1. Rhys Gill
2. Matthew Rees
3. Keiron Assiratti
4. Seb Davies
5. Damian Welch
6. Macauley Cook
7. Josh Navidi
8. Josh Turnbull

Replacements:

16. Kirby Myhill
17. Corey Domachowski
18. Dillon Lewis
19. James Down
20. Sion Bennett
21. Tomos Williams
22. Jarrod Evans
23. Matthew Morgan.

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

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