Leinster bringing Jennings to Ravenhill
Published 21/10/2009 | 03:00
Magners League leaders Leinster have paid second-placed Ulster the compliment of naming all of their big guns ahead of Saturday night’s Ravenhill clash (6pm).
Consultant coach Alan Gaffney said Leinster were determined to maintain top spot against what he called “an improved Ulster side”.
And in an act of either insuperable optimism or misguided brazenness, Leinster have demonstrated their conviction in the strength of their appeal against Shane Jennings' 12-week stamping ban by naming the flanker in their squad.
Leinster are clearly confident that they can clear Jennings by Saturday evening's league summit interprovincial.
Three weeks ago, in their most recent Magners League outing, the leaders beat Munster 30-0.
But a week later when they launched their Heineken Cup defence, they were beaten at home by London Irish.
On Saturday they responded to that upset by seeing off Brive in France.
“We face an exciting test against an Ulster side who have been in impressive form recently. Though Leinster have a good record up in Ravenhill of late, it is a difficult place to play and it is an even tougher place to win,” said Gaffney.
“They performed strongly against Bath the week before last and were unlucky, by all accounts, not to get a win against Edinburgh on Saturday. “
LEINSTER: Forwards: Leo Cullen, John Fogarty, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Nathan Hines, Bernard Jackman, Shane Jennings, Stephen Keogh, Ronan McCormack, Kevin McLaughlin, Malcolm O'Kelly, Sean O'Brien, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, CJ van der Linde.
Backs: Shaun Berne, Gordon D'Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Horgan, Chris Keane, Rob Kearney, Simon Keogh, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Brian |O'Driscoll, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton.