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Leinster start with Dooley and Molony in fresh-faced tight five to take on Bath

The loosehead and lock are two of six players making their first European start.

Peter Dooley gives Dave Kearney a bit of a lift.
Peter Dooley gives Dave Kearney a bit of a lift.
Image: Louis Stewart/INPHO

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen has handed European debuts to loosehead Peter Dooley and lock Ross Molony for tomorrow’s Champions Cup pool meeting with Bath at the RDS (17.30, Sky Sports).

Ian Madigan has also been named to start in a mostly youthful starting XV that also includes a first European start for Garry Ringrose, Luke McGrath, James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong.

The most experienced part of the side is the back three, where Isa Nacewa captains the side from the wing with Zane Kirchner and Dave Kearney completing the back field.

Jonathan Sexton, Sean O’Brien and an all-Irish international front row are among the replacements to take on the Premiership club still retaining hope of making the quarter-finals.

Source: Leinster Rugby TV/YouTube

Leinster

15. Zane Kirchner
14. Isa Nacewa (Capt)
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Ben Te’o
11. Dave Kearney
10. Ian Madigan
9. Luke McGrath

1. Peter Dooley
2. James Tracey
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Ross Molony
5. Mike McCarthy
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jordi Murphy

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin
17. Jack McGrath
18. Marty Moore
19. Tom Denton
20. Sean O’Brien
21. Eoin Reddan
22. Johnny Sexton
23. Noel Reid

Bath

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook

1 Max Lahiff
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (Capt.)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements:

16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 David Denton
21 Jonathan Evans
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer

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