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Leinster centre set for surgery on ACL injury, Wallabies international handed debut

Tom Daly did the damage during last weekend’s pre-season game against Perpignan.

LEINSTER’S TOM DALY will be sidelined for the start of the season after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in his right knee.

The Carlow native did the damage in last weekend’s pre-season friendly defeat to Perpignan and head coach Leo Cullen confirmed today that the 24-year-old is set to undergo surgery.

The province continue their preparations for the new campaign with a match against Gloucester at St Mary’s College RFC tomorrow (7.30pm), and several players, including Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Jordi Murphy and Fergus McFadden, have returned to the squad.

Meanwhile, new signing Scott Fardy, the Australian international who arrives from the Brumbies, will make his debut in the second row.

Leinster (v Gloucester):

15. Rob Kearney
14. Hugo Keenan
13. Jimmy O’Brien
12. Isa Nacewa (captain)
11. Dave Kearney
10. Ross Byrne
9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Peter Dooley
2. Bryan Byrne
3. Michael Bent
4. Ian Nagle
5. Scott Fardy
6. Josh Murphy
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Max Deegan

Replacements: 

16. Sean McNulty
17. Ed Byrne
18. Vakh Abdaladze
19. Oisín Dowling
20. Peadar Timmins
21. Charlie Rock
22. Cathal Marsh
23. Ian Fitzpatrick
24. Oisín Heffernan
25. Mick Kearney
26. Will Connors
27. Barry Daly
28. Adam Byrne
29. Fergus McFadden
30. Jordan Larmour

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