Isaac the boss for Leinster
Rugby:Isaac Boss will lead Leinster in their final pre-season friendly against the Sale Sharks at the Salford City stadium (8.0). It will be the English club’s first game at the venue.
Isa Nacewa enjoys his first competitive outing having been named at fullback. Noel Reid is at inside centre while Ian Madigan will link up with Boss in the halfbacks. Heinke van der Merwe starts at loosehead prop with Tom Denton partnering Devin Toner in the secondrow.
Following this morning’s ‘Hour of Power’ and season ticket sales to date, tickets for Leinster’s RaboDirect PRO12 derby against Munster in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, October 6th, have now passed the 20,000 mark.
Tickets are on sale now from www.leinsterrugby.ie. With over 13,000 season tickets now sold, the deadline for supporters looking to buy season tickets for the 2012/13 campaign closes tomorrow evening.
Ulster coach Marks Anscombe has included new signing, hooker Rob Herring in the team to face the Newcastle Falcons at Ravenhill tomorrow night (7.30).
Leinster:I Nacewa; A Conway, B Macken, N Reid, F Carr; I Madigan, I Boss (capt); H van der Merwe, R Strauss, J Hagan; T Denton, D Toner; D Ryan, J Murphy, L Auva’a. Replacements:A Dundon, J McGrath, M Moore, L Cullen, B Marshall, J Cooney, C O’Shea, J Coghlan, D Hudson, J O’Connell.
Ulster:J Payne; M Allen, C Farrell, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson, M Heaney; C Black, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick; J Muller (capt), L Stevenson; R Diack, M McComish, N Williams. Replacements:N Annett, N Brady, R Lutton, J Afoa, A Macklin, N McComb, A Birch, S Doyle, B McIlroy, N O’Connor, P Nelson, C Cochrane.
Sale Sharks:R Miller; C Amesbury, C Uys, J Leota, M Cueto; D Cipriani, D Peel: E Lewis-Roberts, M Jones, V Cobilas; F McKenzie, R Gray; M Easter, D Seymour (capt.), A Powell. Replacements:J Ward, T Buckley, A Croall, K Myall, R Vernon, T Holmes, W Cliff, N Macleod, S Tuitupou, W Addison, C Ingall.
London Irish (v Munster):T Homer; T Ojo, J Joseph, J Ansbro, S Tagikacibau; S Shingler, T O’Leary; M Lahiff, S Lawson, L Halavatua; B Evans (capt); G Skivington; J Gibson; O Treviranus; J Fisher. Replacements:S Malton, H Aulika, J Sandford, G Ellis, A Gray, D Allinson, C Gaston, M Ward, F Horan; M Yarde; K Low