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James Tracy is aiming high with threadbare Leinster

With over 30 players missing due to international duty and injury, Leinster coach Leo Cullen has been forced to make 12 changes to the side to play the Dragons at Rodney Parade this evening (7.05pm).

Luke McGrath, a former captain of the Ireland U20s, will skipper the side that includes academy winger Adam Byrne for just the second time.

Garry Ringrose starts at outside centre for the Blues while up front, Hayden Triggs makes a return to the second-row following a spell out with an ankle injury.

For former loosehead prop James Tracy, now making his name as a hooker, this evening's game represents the latest step in his development and although he knows that he still has a long way to go, he as the utmost confidence in his own ability.

"I have always tried things in training. They do not always work out, but I always try and practice my skills as much as I can and hopefully I can pull off a few more if I get the opportunity and when the time is right," he said.

"That was a steep learning curve for me when I was younger. I used to try things that I probably should not have. I don't know, it probably did hamper selection in certain ways but it is about learning when to try those things and when not to."

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