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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/41087561
Gavin Henson will start in Dragons' Pro14 opener v Leinster
Tough opening match for Dragons. It will be televised on SC4 at 3:15 Saturday 2nd September.


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Leinster Rugby (Leinster caps in brackets):

15. Rob Kearney (185)
14. Adam Byrne (24)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (21)
12. Isa Nacewa (170) CAPTAIN
11. Jordan Larmour (0)
10. Ross Byrne (23)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (29)
1. Cian Healy (172)
2. Seán Cronin (128)
3. Michael Bent (87)
4. Devin Toner (198)
5. Scott Fardy (0)
6. Dan Leavy (39)
7. Josh van der Flier (46)
8. Max Deegan (3)

Replacements

16. James Tracy (42)
17. Ed Byrne (7)
18. Andrew Porter (8)
19. James Ryan (0)
20. Josh van der Flier (46)
21. Nick McCarthy (7)
22. Cathal Marsh (18)
23. Barry Daly (10)

http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/preview/lei ... e-dragons/

Surprisingly strong team given its the opening game. One guy to keep an eye on is Larmour wearing number 11, played at fullback against Wales in the u20 6N this year and is a cracking player sadly missed the JRWC due to injury, also on the bench James Ryan who despite being uncapped for Leinster has 2 Ireland caps (first player to say that since BOD).


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Cathalsmart wrote:
Leinster Rugby (Leinster caps in brackets):

15. Rob Kearney (185)
14. Adam Byrne (24)
13. Rory O’Loughlin (21)
12. Isa Nacewa (170) CAPTAIN
11. Jordan Larmour (0)
10. Ross Byrne (23)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (29)
1. Cian Healy (172)
2. Seán Cronin (128)
3. Michael Bent (87)
4. Devin Toner (198)
5. Scott Fardy (0)
6. Dan Leavy (39)
7. Josh van der Flier (46)
8. Max Deegan (3)

Replacements

16. James Tracy (42)
17. Ed Byrne (7)
18. Andrew Porter (8)
19. James Ryan (0)
20. Josh van der Flier (46)
21. Nick McCarthy (7)
22. Cathal Marsh (18)
23. Barry Daly (10)

http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/preview/lei ... e-dragons/

Surprisingly strong team given its the opening game. One guy to keep an eye on is Larmour wearing number 11, played at fullback against Wales in the u20 6N this year and is a cracking player sadly missed the JRWC due to injury, also on the bench James Ryan who despite being uncapped for Leinster has 2 Ireland caps (first player to say that since BOD).


Jack Conan is wearing the 20 jersey, JVDF is at 7.


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Post Re: Dragons v Leinster
Dragons: Zane Kirchner; Ashton Hewitt, Tyler Morgan, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos; Gavin Henson, Charlie Davies; Brok Harris, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Matthew Screech, Cory Hill (capt), James Thomas, James Benjamin, Harri Keddie.

Replacements: Rhys Buckley, Luke Garrett, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, Max Williams, Tavis Knoyle, Angus O'Brien, Jared Rosser.


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Post Re: Dragons v Leinster
Lots of kids in the team, and we have a few injuries already. Hopefully we'll start to show some improvement, not expecting much at this stage though. Consistent selection and an actual gameplan would be a nice start!


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Lots of kids in the team, and we have a few injuries already. Hopefully we'll start to show some improvement, not expecting much at this stage though. Consistent selection and an actual gameplan would be a nice start!

Dragons could hardly have chosen a tougher opponent for their opening match. Mind you, Scarlets thumped Leinster in their last game. :D


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BigRed wrote:
DPG wrote:
Lots of kids in the team, and we have a few injuries already. Hopefully we'll start to show some improvement, not expecting much at this stage though. Consistent selection and an actual gameplan would be a nice start!

Dragons could hardly have chosen a tougher opponent for their opening match. Mind you, Scarlets thumped Leinster in their last game. :D


Whoever we played, outside the usual suspects, it would have been tough. We've been a mess for a while, no gameplan, random changes to the team every week, poor coaching etc etc. Lots to do, might as well start off with a difficult one.


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This is a decent side

Could surprise a few.

Heard it here first gents


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Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.

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ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


More than 4 wins you mean?

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ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


You really are the optimist mate!


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Langland Exile wrote:
ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


More than 4 wins you mean?


Didn't they almost win the Celtic League when the then five regional teams were introduced?


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najbritcol wrote:
Langland Exile wrote:
ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


More than 4 wins you mean?


Didn't they almost win the Celtic League when the then five regional teams were introduced?


With a few current Springboks in the team, yes.

Since then it has been managed expertly into a morass of incompetence, until the WRU arrived with long terms plans (for the ground)

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Langland Exile wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Langland Exile wrote:
ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


More than 4 wins you mean?


Didn't they almost win the Celtic League when the then five regional teams were introduced?


With a few current Springboks in the team, yes.

Since then it has been managed expertly into a morass of incompetence, until the WRU arrived with long terms plans (for the ground)


Indeed, nowadays some people even call it Italy's third team. :D


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Cymru am byth wrote:
ICEverything wrote:
Agree - this Dragons side might surprise a few people this season. A big ask this weekend mind, but who knows.


You really are the optimist mate!

What better time to be optimistic than at the start of a new season. :D

I'm really looking forward to seeing the difference Henson makes.

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