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Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors
RDS Showground
Thursday 18th March, 2010, 19:30

Television: No Live or even delayed coverage – Thanks Setanta!!!

It's live Thursday night rugby at the RDS!!!!

Doesn't sound quite right does it? The snow that blighted Dublin in early January forced the postponement of the original fixture, so now it's squeezed in on an unfamiliar evening before the last match of the Six Nations.

However, though the fixture has been shifted around, it remains vitally important for both teams. Leinster need to capitalise on their excellent
result in Cardiff by winning this, one of their two games in hand. Perhaps even more importantly, Glasgow need to restart their top four campaign after two disappointing recent results. Up until then Glasgow had been going very well, but their good form meant they supplied the majority of the Scotland team for the Championship.

The knock on effect has been to stretch their squad very thin and they suffered a heavy loss at home to Cardiff, before scoring a last minute try to scrape a draw away to Connacht. These results have seen them fall to fourth in the table although they're still only a point behind leaders Leinster.

Dan Parks and Chris Cusiter are on Scotland duty but they have named quality replacements in Ruaridh Jackson and Mark McMillan, who captains the team. Bernardo Stortoni, Hefin O'Hare and Peter Murchie are other useful backs. In the pack Jon Welsh has been very impressive at loosehead this season and Ed Kalman and Tim Barker lend some experience to the tight five. Richie Vernon, James Eddie and Calum Forrester make up a young but exciting backrow.

For Leinster Eoin Reddan and Shane Jennings are on bench duty for Ireland this weekend, so Paul O'Donohue and Paul Ryan replace them. For O'Donohue, it's been a frustrating season with only a handful of substitute appearances so far, so he'll be eager to make a big impression. For Paul Ryan, it's his first competitive start for Leinster at openside. He's more of a Keith Gleeson type of open-side than a ball carrier like Sean O'Brien but he's certainly one to watch.

Simon Keogh starts on the right wing in place of Andrew Conway who like Rhys Ruddock in on Ireland Under 20s duty this weekend. Another academy player, Eoin Sheriff, takes Ruddock's place on the bench with Chris Keane and Michael Keating also being named as replacements. There's a reshuffle in the front row as Mike Ross comes in to start at tighthead, which means CJ van der Linde moves over to loosehead and Stan Wright drops to the bench. Bernard Jackman captains the team in the absence of Jennings.

It's a strong Leinster team that confounded expectations to win in Cardiff and though Glasgow will be competitive, Leinster should have enough to secure an important win.

Team Lineups

Leinster Rugby

Glasgow Warriors
Teams Girvan Dempsey 15 Bernardo Stortoni
Simon Keogh 14 Hefin O'Hare
Eoin O'Malley 13 Peter Murchie
Fergus McFadden 12 Peter Horne
Isa Nacewa 11 DTH van der Merwe
Shaun Berne 10 Ruaridh Jackson
Paul O'Donohoe 9 Mark McMillan (C)

CJ van der Linde 1 Jon Welsh
Bernard Jackman (C) 2 Dougie Hall
Mike Ross 3 Ed Kalman
Devin Toner 4 Tim Barker
Malcolm O'Kelly 5 Daniel Turner
Kevin McLaughlin 6 James Eddie
Paul Ryan 7 Calum Forrester
Stephen Keogh 8 Richie Vernon

Replacements Richardt Strauss 16 Fergus Thomson
Stan Wright 17 Moray Low
Trevor Hogan 18 Rob Harley
Eoin Sheriff 19 Chris Fusaro
Chris Keane
20 Colin Gregor
Ian Madigan
21 Dave McCall
Michael Keating
22 Chris Kinloch

Not Considered
due to Injury
Luke Fitzgerald
Sean O'Brien
Shane Horgan
John Fogarty

Officials Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Referees: Michael Black (IRFU), Mark Hermin (IRFU)
4th Official: Edward Kenny (ARLB)
5th Official: Sean Gallagher (ARLB)

by Jim O'Connor, © 2010-03-17