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Jack McGrath to captain Leinster for first time in Stephen's Day Munster clash

The 28-year-old St Mary’s man will captain Leinster for the very first time as they make the trip to Thomond Park on Tuesday.

Jack McGrath Leinster's Jack McGrath. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

HEAD COACH LEO Cullen has named Jack McGrath as his captain ahead of Leinster’s highly-anticipated Stephen’s Day trip to Thomond Park to face Munster following a fortnight of European success for both sides (3.15pm).

Jordan Larmour makes his first senior start from full back with Barry Daly returning from an ankle injury to take his place on the right wing.

On the left wing new signing James Lowe makes just his second appearance following his two-try debut in Italy a few weeks ago.

James Lowe and Leo Cullen James Lowe and Head Coach Leo Cullen. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Robbie Henshaw and Rory O’Loughlin, who started together against Munster back in October at the Aviva Stadium, are again paired in the centre, with Cullen selecting Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne at half back.

In the pack McGrath captains the side for the very first time.  Making his 121st appearance in blue the St Mary’s club man is joined in the front row by fellow internationals James Tracy and Michael Bent.

In the second row Devin Toner and James Ryan will start with Jordi Murphy, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan completing the pack.


15. Jordan Larmour

14. Barry Daly

13. Rory O’Loughlin

12. Robbie Henshaw

11. James Lowe

10. Ross Byrne

9. Jamison Gibson-Park

1. Jack McGrath (captain)

2. James Tracy

3. Michael Bent

4. Devin Toner

5. James Ryan

6. Jordi Murphy

7. Dan Leavy

8. Jack Conan


16. Richardt Strauss

17. Ed Byrne

18. Tadhg Furlong

19. Mick Kearney

20. Josh van der Flier

21. Nick McCarthy

22. Cathal Marsh

23. Noel Reid

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