Dominic Ryan to captain Leinster against Ulster
New head coach Leo Cullen picks an extended 33-man squad for Ulster friendly
Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster in their friendly against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Sportsfile
Backrow Ryan is one of three Ireland internationals selected by the new head coach, along with Noel Reid and Jamie Hagan, as preparations for the new domestic season continue without the core of players currently in Joe Schmidt’s World Cup squad.
Reid joins up with Ben Teo’o in a strong midfield partnership, while last season’s joint-top try scorer Daragh Fanning is joined in the back three by UCD and academy players Adam Byrne and Billy Dardis.
Cullen is taking an extended 33-man squad north to face Neil Doak’s side and among the travelling party are summer signings Isa Nacewa and Royce Burke-Flynn.
The Leinster bench will be confirmed prior to kick off.
Leinster: Billy Dardis, Darragh Fanning, Ben Te’o, Noel Reid, Adam Byrne, Cathal Marsh, Luke McGrath, Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Jamie Hagan, Tadhg Beirne, Tom Denton, Dominic Ryan, Josh van der Flier, Tony Ryan