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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 February 2007, 13:15 GMT
Leinster v Edinburgh (Fri)
Leinster v Edinburgh
Donnybrook
Friday, 16 February
Kick-off: 1930 GMT

Leinster are without their Ireland stars for Friday's Magners League game against Edinburgh at Donnybrook.

Niall Ronan starts in the back row, Chris Whitaker partners skipper Felipe Contepomi at half-back and Fergus McFadden makes his debut on the bench.

Edinburgh have made six changes, one of which is positional, from their Magners League victory over Connacht.

Alasdair Dickinson returns from an ankle injury to start at loose-head, while Simon Cross is on the bench.

It is Cross's first league game since returning from a loan spell at English First Division side Waterloo.

Apprentice player Fraser McKenzie has the chance to make his Edinburgh debut after also being named among the replacements.

McKenzie, who captained Scotland Under-18s last season, scored a try in the Under-20s' match against Wales last week in Falkirk.

Ireland A players Rob Kearney, Kieran Lewis, Ronan McCormack, Trevor Hogan and Bernard Jackman are all included in table-toppers Leinster's line-up to face the side sitting third.

Ronan will play in the back row alongside the in-form Stephen Keogh and Jamie Heaslip.

Hogan partners Lansdowne second-row Devin Toner in the pack.

Leinster's replacement bench has a vacancy at prop, which will be confirmed closer to kick-off.

The sides met in the Heineken Cup at Donnybrook last month, when Leinster claimed a 49-10 victory.


Leinster: Rob Kearney, Gary Brown, Kieran Lewis, Christian Warner, Michael Berne, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Chris Whitaker, Ronan McCormack, Bernard Jackman, Will Green, Trevor Hogan, Devin Toner, Stephen Keogh, Niall Ronan, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: AN Other, Brian Blaney, Adam Byrnes, Owen Finegan, Guy Easterby, Jonathan Sexton, Fergus McFadden.

Edinburgh: Lucio Lopez Fleming, Matt Dey, Ben Cairns, Duncan Hodge (captain), Simon Webster, Alistair Warnock, John Senio, Allister Hogg, Ross Rennie, Alasdair Strokosch, Chris Bentley, Matt Mustchin, Geoff Cross, Andrew Kelly, Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: Steven Lawrie, Allan Jacobsen, David Young, Simon Cross, Fraser McKenzie, Greig Laidlaw, Peter Jorgensen.


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