02 November 2020 20:43
During the COVID-19 enforced break, five Leinster Rugby Academy players were granted promotion to Senior status, one of those being versatile back Tommy O'Brien. The former Blackrock College student had earlier in the 2019/20 season made his debut against Ulster Rugby at the RDS Arena. Now, he's keen to push on and continue a breakthrough year which was unfortunately cut short. It would be easy to forget that last Friday's win over Zebre was just O'Brien's second Senior start for the province. His double try-scoring performance against the Italians was a good foundation for O'Brien's season personally but the 22-year-old is keeping his sights firmly focused on Glasgow Warriors on Monday.
Last year, just before the Ulster game, my first travelling reserve was Glasgow last year," he says. Leinster Rugby will face Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium in Round 5 of the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 on Monday, November 2 (KO 8.15pm). For the full exclusive interview with Tommy O'Brien, become a Leinster Rugby Official Member now. Leinster coach Leo Cullen has again named a team which is a fusion of youth and experience for tonight's Guinness PRO14 clash with Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (8.15pm). That sprinkling of fresh faces is balanced alongside old warhorses such as Rhys Ruddock (176), who captains the side in Scotstoun, and Devin Toner, who won his 250th cap in the 63-8 thrashing of Zebre last time out.
Leinster also welcome back Cian Kelleher, who makes his first start of the campaign after shaking off a hamstring issue, while Rory O'Loughlin also returns for the first time this season following a calf injury. LEINSTER: J O'Brien; C Kelleher, R O'Loughlin, T O'Brien, D Kearney; H Byrne, L McGrath; P Dooley, J Tracy, M Bent; R Molony, D Toner; J Murphy, S Penny, R Ruddock (captain). GLASGOW: H Jones; T Seymour, N Grigg, S Johnson, N Matawalu; P Horne, G Horne; A Seiuli, G Stewart, D Rae; R Harley, H Bain; R Wilson (captain), T Gordon, TJ Ioane. Ulster will aim to maintain their unbeaten start to the new Guinness PRO14 season when they face Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade this evening (6pm). Flanker Matty Rea will make his 50th appearance for Ulster while fly-half Billy Burns returns from injury to captain the side alongside scrum-half John Cooney, who has been released to play by Ireland. ULSTER: M Lowry; C Gilroy, S Moore, S McCloskey, L Ludik; B Burns (capt), J Cooney; E O'Sullivan, A McBurney, M Moore, A O'Connor, K Treadwell, M Rea, J Murphy, N Timoney. Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU) Glasgow Warriors bolstered for Leinster clash by returning Scotland contingent Scotland internationals Rob Harley and George Horne are back in the Glasgow side for Monday's Guinness Pro14 clash with Leinster. George Horne will start at scrum-half for Glasgow against Leinster after being released from the Scotland camp. The pair were released back to Warriors for the visit of the Irish side after featuring for Scotland against Georgia last month. Head coach Danny Wilson has made four changes following the defeat by Ospreys with hooker Grant Stewart promoted from the bench and Fijian wing Niko Matawalu handed his first start of the season. Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Thanks for signing up! Ratu Tagive will start on the bench after training with Scotland last week. Ahead of the Scotstoun clash, Wilson said: "Leinster are a good side with good depth across the park. "It's good to welcome back some of our international boys. Warriors field an experienced back line, with Pete Horne picked at stand-off to team up with brother George. Scotland centres Sam Johnson and Nick Grigg are once again paired together in the midfield, both men having crossed for memorable scores against the Irish province in previous encounters. There's a first start of the season on the wing for Niko Matawalu, as the Fijian joins Tommy Seymour and Huw Jones in the back three. Jones continues at full-back and is available after being released from the Scotland camp. Champions Leinster are looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.