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Ireland U20 star Ross Byrne will get his first Leinster start tomorrow night

Byrne is one of five changes for the trip to Llanelli.

Byrne starts for the first time after two appearances off the bench.
Byrne starts for the first time after two appearances off the bench.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen will hand a first Pro12 start to Ireland U20 out-half Ross Byrne, as his side travel to top-of-the-table Scarlets tomorrow night.

Byrne has featured off the bench in two of the side’s games so far this season, but the U20 Six Nations star will get the chance to impress from the off tomorrow, with the also impressive Cathal Marsh retained as a replacement.

Byrne is one of five changes to the Leinster side for tomorrow night’s game in Llanelli, and will have the experience of Isaac Boss inside him, with the Irish international making his 125th Leinster appearance.

Ben Te’o is ruled out after a knock in training, with Colm O’Shea coming into the centre to partner Noel Reid in an all-Clontarf combination.

And the back three remains unchanged, Isa Nacewa starting in between Fergus McFadden and another Irish U20 star Garry Ringrose.

In the pack, hooker Bryan Byrne makes his first start of the season alongside Michael Bent and Marty Moore.

Tom Denton comes into the second row in place of Mike McCarthy following his call-up to the Irish side, while the final change is in the backrow as Rhys Ruddock’s absence is filled by Dan Leavy.

Leinster (v Scarlets)

15. Isa Nacewa

14. Fergus McFadden

13. Colm O’Shea

12. Noel Reid

11. Garry Ringrose

10. Ross Byrne

9. Isaac Boss

 

1. Michael Bent

2. Bryan Byrne

3. Marty Moore

4. Ross Molony

5. Tom Denton

6. Dominic Ryan

7. Josh van der Flier

8. Dan Leavy

Replacements

16. James Tracy

17. Peter Dooley

18. Jamie Hagan

19. Tadhg Beirne

20. Tony Ryan

21. Luke McGrath

22. Cathal Marsh

23. Mick McGrath

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