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Winger Blaine Scully will captain Cardiff as they head to Dublin on Saturday to take on Leinster, live on Sky Sports 2.

The USA international, who has skippered his country on previous occasions, is one of five changes Danny Wilson has made to the starting line-up following a 23-12 defeat to Munster last time out.

Scully and Alex Cuthbert are named on the wings, replacing Tom James and Aled Summerhill respectively, with full-back Matthew Morgan completing the back three.

Tomos Williams is given the nod at No 9 and links up with Gareth Anscombe in the half-backs, while Rey Lee-Lo takes over from Willis Halaholo at outside centre.

Kristian Dacey returns from Wales duty to start at hooker in the only change to the starting pack, with club captain Gethin Jenkins featuring on the bench after recovering from a bicep injury.

Leinster are unbeaten at the RDS Arena in all competitions since November 2015, but Cardiff coach Wilson has backed his side after four wins out of eight on the road in this season's PRO12 campaign.

"We have won more games on the road than we did last year, comfortably," said Wilson. "We knew going into pre-season that we wanted to improve our away record.

"We went about ways of targeting away games in the preparations, and we've certainly achieved that. But consistency is something we'll need to build upon for next season.

"It's about building performances now, and we need a performance away at Leinster to then go into a [Challenge Cup] quarter-final against Gloucester the very next week, which is a key target game for us

"We've got some big games ahead of us and they're games we're going to take extremely seriously, because if we don't make the top six we can be in a play-off spot which gives us an opportunity to make the Champions Cup next year."

Meanwhile Isa Nacewa comes back to skipper Leinster on the left wing, with Adam Byrne on the right and Joey Carbery selected at full-back.

Rory O'Loughlin is back from shoulder injury to partner Noel Reid in the midfield, and Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne pair up in the half-backs for the first time since Leinster's win over Ulster in December last year.

It's an all-international front row for the home side as Cian Healy returns from the Six Nations to pack down alongside Richardt Strauss and Michael Bent, while Dan Leavy comes in at flank.

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O'Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Isa Nacewa (c), 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Luke McGrath, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Richardt Strauss, 3 Michael Bent, 4 Ross Molony, 5 Hayden Triggs, 6 Dan Leavy, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Rhys Ruddock.

Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Tom Daly, 23 Fergus McFadden.

Cardiff: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Steven Shingler, 11 Blaine Scully (c), 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 1 Corey Domachowski, 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 4 George Earle, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 6 Macauley Cook, 7 Josh Navidi, 8 Nick Williams.

Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Sion Bennett, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Tom James.

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40+ points I would think..

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40+ points I would think..


Very harsh, I can see Leinster getting a losing bonus point.


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Stockholm Blue wrote:
Langland Exile wrote:
40+ points I would think..


Very harsh, I can see Leinster getting a losing bonus point.


Glad to see there is not one bona fide Welsh squad member in that team. It's really shameful, with all the resources and money in the Cardiff area.

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Langland Exile wrote:
Stockholm Blue wrote:
Langland Exile wrote:
40+ points I would think..


Very harsh, I can see Leinster getting a losing bonus point.


Glad to see there is not one bona fide Welsh squad member in that team. It's really shameful, with all the resources and money in the Cardiff area.


Never fear, Uncle Peter will get to build his nice swanky hotel to cater for his retirement, which is the important thing...


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Leinster's first try...

7 - 0

5mins


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Kerrrrrdiff on the board with their first try; breakaway from TO ball.

7 - 7

12 mins.


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That was very well taken..

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Blues playing well, Leinster throwing it around instead of using forward power

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Blues playing well, Leinster throwing it around instead of using forward power


Until we recruit a tight 5 worth the name it won't matter. How hard can it be?


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Leinster resort to basics and score, 14-7

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14 - 7

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Now Leinster 17-21 Blues

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Leinster score late, and lead 22-21 over Cardiff

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Post Re: Leinster vs Cardiff
Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


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