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19 May 2022

Offaly man to make 100th Leinster appearance before big move

Offaly man to make 100th Leinster appearance before big move

Peter Dooley

Birr man Peter Dooley will start for Leinster this weekend as he makes his 100th appearance for the province before a reported switch to Connacht next season.

Head coach Leo Cullen named his Leinster Rugby team for the clash against Benetton Rugby at Stadio Monigo in the URC on Saturday at 12.55pm. 

Loosehead Dooley will hit the century milestone with his first start of the 2021/22 season.

Peter made his debut for Leinster against Edinburgh Rugby in October 2014. The following season he played 21 times and has been an integral part of the squad since.

On this landmark occasion, he'll be joined in the front row by Seán Cronin and Thomas Clarkson.

Joe McCarthy retains his spot in the second row and his joined by Ross Molony who returns after spending time with the Ireland squad last week.

Rhys Ruddock, Scott Penny and Max Deegan complete the pack.

Captain for the trip to Treviso is Luke McGrath who dons the number nine, partnered by Ross Byrne in the half-backs.

Once more, Cullen and Co have opted for Harry Byrne and Jamie Osborne in the midfield while both Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O'Brien start having also returned from international duty for the tie. Last week's player of the match Tommy O'Brien will line out on the left wing.

Among the replacements, James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Michael Ala'alatoa, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Cormac Foley, Rory O'Loughlin and Dave Kearney will all be hoping to make an impact.

Leinster Rugby team v Benetton Rugby (appearances in brackets):

15. Jimmy O'Brien (42)
14. Jordan Larmour (70)
13. Jamie Osborne (13)
12. Harry Byrne (31)
11. Tommy O'Brien (16)
10. Ross Byrne (117)
9. Luke McGrath CAPTAIN (164)

1. Peter Dooley (99)
2. Seán Cronin (201)
3. Thomas Clarkson (12)
4. Ross Molony (128)
5. Joe McCarthy (2)
6. Rhys Ruddock (200)
7. Scott Penny (35)
8. Max Deegan (77)

Replacements:

16. James Tracy (136)
17. Ed Byrne (78)
18. Michael Ala'alatoa (13)
19. Devin Toner (274)
20. Dan Leavy (77)
21. Cormac Foley (1)
22. Rory O'Loughlin (91)
23. Dave Kearney (172)

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