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20-year-old Ringrose to make Leinster debut in Cardiff's visit to RDS

Ross Molony gets his first start in the second row for Leo Cullen’s side.

20-YEAR-OLD Garry Ringrose will make his Leinster debut in tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 clash with the Cardiff Blues at the RDS (KO 5.15pm, Sky Sports).

The 2014 World U20 Player of the Year nominee starts on the right wing for Leo Cullen’s side, forming a back three with the experienced Isa Nacewa – who captains the side in Kevin McLaughlin’s absence – and Ireland international Fergus McFadden.

Garry Ringrose Ringrose is a natural 13, but starts on the wing for Leinster here. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

Ben Te’o and Noel Reid continue in midfield, while Cathal Marsh and Luke McGrath again form the halfback pairing that started last weekend’s defeat away to Edinburgh.

Michael Bent, Aaron Dundon and Jamie Hagan are in the Leinster front row, while the promising Ross Molony gets his first Leinster start in the second row, coming in for the injured Tom Denton, and partnering Mike McCarthy.

Dominic Ryan and Josh van der Flier come into the back row alongside number eight Jack Conan, while second row Tadhg Beirne is set to make his Leinster debut off the bench.

Cian Kelleher, Ross Byrne, Peter Dooley and Dan Leavy are also part of a Leinster bench filled with talent.

Leinster (v Cardiff Blues):

15. Isa Nacewa (captain)
14. Garry Ringrose
13. Ben Te’o
12. Noel Reid
11. Fergus McFadden
10. Cathal Marsh
9. Luke McGrath

1. Michael Bent
2. Aaron Dundon
3. Jamie Hagan
4. Ross Molony
5. Mike McCarthy
6. Dominic Ryan
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jack Conan

Replacements:

16. Bryan Byrne
17. Peter Dooley
18. Royce Burke-Flynn
19. Tadhg Beirne
20. Daniel Leavy
21. Isaac Boss
22. Ross Byrne
23. Cian Kelleher

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