Leinster team to face Connacht..

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Dec 2012


The Leinster team to face Connacht in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Connacht in the RDS (KO: 7.45pm) has been named.

Shane Jennings leads a young team for the visit of Connacht and the back-row forward is one of six Ireland internationals in the starting line up. Amongst them is Fergus McFadden who starts on the right wing in a back three alongside Fionn Carr and full-back Andrew Conway.

Ian Madigan lies in third place in the league’s accumulators list with 74 points in 11 PRO12 games so far and he will pair up with Isaac Boss at half back.

In the pack, Heinke van der Merwe is named in the front row alongside Aaron Dundon and Ireland prop Michael Bent, with Devin Toner partnering Ben Marshall at second row. Marshall will make his fifth appearance for the province and is one of four current Academy players or recent Academy graduates in the pack.

In addition to TG4 who will show the game live on Saturday, the Official Leinster Supporters Club (OLSC) can confirm the following international broadcast arrangements for supporters around the world.

UK & Ireland – Live on TG4 from 7.45pm Saturday
New Zealand – Live on The Rugby Channel from 8.40am Sunday
Asia – Live on Setanta Asia from 3.40am HKT Sunday
South Africa – Live on Setanta Africa from 7.45pm GMT Saturday
Australia – Live on Setanta Australia from 6.40am Sunday
USA – Delayed on Fox Soccer Plus from Midnight ET Sunday
Canada – Delayed on Sportsnet World from 4am Sunday

Our bases in London (Porterhouse Covent Garden), Birmingham (Oh Velvet), Dubai (McGettigans), Sydney (The Gaelic Club) and Christchurch (Monza Sports Bar) will all be showing the game live. Further information from the OLSC for supporters abroad can be found at

There are now over 17,000 tickets sold for Saturday’s game and tickets are still on sale from, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.


15: Andrew Conway
14: Fergus McFadden
13: Brendan Macken
12: Andrew Goodman
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Aaron Dundon
3: Michael Bent
4: Ben Marshall
5: Devin Toner
6: Rhys Ruddock
7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN
8: Jordi Murphy


16: Sean Cronin
17: Jack McGrath
18: Mike Ross
19: Leo Cullen
20: Dominic Ryan
21: John Cooney
22: Noel Reid
23: Adam Byrne

REFEREE: John Lacey (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Leo Colgan, Mark Patton (both IRFU), TMO: Jude Quinn (IRFU)


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