Rory O'Loughlin(26/St.Michaels/Old Belvedere) - 6'2, 95kg. Signed contract in 2020.
Garry Ringrose(25/Blackrock/UCD) - 6'3, 94kg. Signed 2 yr central contract in 2020.
Conor O'Brien(24/Mullingar RFC/Clontarf) - 6'3, 103kg. Signed contract in 2019.
Jimmy O'Brien(23/Newbridge/UCD) - 6'0, 90kg. Signed contract in 2019.
Ciaran Frawley(22/Skerries RFC/UCD) - 6'3, 93kg. Signed contract in 2019.
Tommy O'Brien(22/Blackrock/UCD) - 6'0, 92kg. Signed contract in 2020.
David Hawkshaw(21/Belvedere/Clontarf) - 5'10, 86kg. Academy Y3.
Liam Turner(21/Blackrock/DUFC) - 5'8, 90kg. Academy Y2.
Two types of inside centres for Leinster: bigger more physical options or the lighter playmaker options. Generally leinster have went with the larger 12's, led by Henshaw and including ROL and COB. Frawley and TOB have appeared at 12 off the bench, but haven't started there for Leinster. Hawkshaw is an option at 12 as seen at irish u20 level.
Can COB challenge Henshaw at 12? If Henshaw is missing who would play 12 in europe? ROL or COB? Will we see more of Frawley at 12?
Ringrose leads the way here, with ROL being the primary backup at the position in recent years. Henshaw has played here in the past, but rarely appears here for Leinster. JOB appeared here several times last season and looked impressive, while TOB also has a start here. Will either will focus on 13 long term? It's difficult to say. Finally Turner is in the academy and faces an uphill battle for game time at this position this season. If Ringrose is absent from europe does ROL start at 13?
Possible academy entrants:
Marcus Kiely(U20/Newbridge) - 6'3