Pro 14: Leinster v Glasgow

Kick-off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: RDS Arena. On TV: Live Eir Sport 1.

It may be getting tiresome mentioning how Leinster’s winning machine keeps chugging along. Tonight, however, the habit that Leo Cullen and his Leinster team has been feeding all season, could come under threat.

Glasgow, showing their respect for the Leinster monolith as well as their intentions not to come to the Dublin gunfight bearing knifes, arrive with as many international players as they can muster.

D’arcy Rae’s inclusion in Dave Rennie’s match-day 23 means it will be a Glasgow squad containing 15 capped players making the short trip across the water. Five players return to club duty in the second fallow week of the Six Nations Championship.

“Leinster are a good side – they’ve got amazing depth. We’re well aware of the challenge. But we’ve got a good side out on the field ourselves,” said Rennie refusing to defer to Leinster’s home record and winning streak.

That’s about as confident any coach ever gets before bringing a team to Ballsbridge and Cullen should take Glasgow’s note of defiance to heart as Leinster line out with several names that have been thrown into the mix about who should and shouldn’t get an opportunity in Andy Farrell’s Irish squad.

The backrow of number eight Max Deegan, already capped this year, Josh Murphy at six and Will Connors at openside is a reasonable starting point to trigger that discussion again.



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