Match Preview: Leinster

Match Preview: Leinster

Get the latest ahead of Friday evening's United Rugby Championship Round 8 match against Leinster at RDS Arena (11 February, kick-off 6pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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How to watch

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 at 6pm

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


Match officials

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU, 14thcompetition game)

Assistant: Eoghan Cross, Stuart Douglas (both IRFU)

TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)


Team News

James Lang and Ramiro Moyano return to the Edinburgh starting lineup, with Charlie Savala coming in to start at 10. Jake Armstrong and Kwagga van Niekerk are both set to make their debuts for the club from the bench.

Overall URC Record

Played 34, Leinster won 22, Edinburgh won 12.


Story of the match

Leinster have lost only one of their last nine games against all Scottish opposition and just two of the last nine against Edinburgh, suffering away defeats in 2018 and 2019.

The capital club have lost on their last 18 trips to the Irish capital to face Leinster and they have not won there since claiming a 27-13 success at Donnybrook in November 2005.

Edinburgh's unbeaten six-game URC run ended with a 23-19 reversal at the Ospreys last month while Leinster have lost two of their last three games in the competition, coming unstuck against Ulster and Cardiff.


Recent meetings

DateVenueLeinsterEdinburghLeinster scorersEdinburgh scorers
Fri 29 Sep 17RDS Arena2113Ross Byrne(C) Jordi Murphy(T) Joey Carbery(T) Jamison Gibson-Park(T) Johnny Sexton(2C) Jason Tovey(T/C/2P)
Fri 9 Feb 18Myreside2429Ross Byrne(2C) Max Deegan(T) Barry Daly(2T) Scott Fardy(T)Nathan Fowles(T) Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(C) Mark Bennett(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C) Murray McCallum(T) Luke Crosbie(T)
Sat 22 Sep 18RDS Arena317James Lowe(T) Garry Ringrose(T) Jordan Larmour(T) Fergus McFadden(T) Johnny Sexton(T/3C) Jaco van der Walt(C) Magnus Bradbury(T)
Fri 22 Mar 19BT Murrayfield1128Ciaran Frawley(2P) Sean Cronin(T)Jaco van der Walt(2C) Viliame Mata(T) Willem Nel(T) Ross Ford(T) Simon Hickey(C) Penalty Try(T)
Fri 11 Oct 19RDS Arena4014Michael Bent(T) Ross Byrne(4C) Harry Byrne(C) Rowan Osborne(T) Scott Penny(T) Jamison Gibson-Park(T) Caelan Doris(T) Michael Milne(T)Jaco van der Walt(C) Jamie Farndale(T) Simon Hickey(C) Charlie Shiel(T)
Mon 16 Nov 20RDS Arena5010Ciaran Frawley(5C) Peter Dooley(T) Dave Kearney(T) Cian Kelleher(3T) Dan Leavy(T) Luke McGrath(2T) Nathan Chamberlain(C/P) Nic Groom(T)

Team comparison

ComparisonLeinsterEdinburgh
Last 3 URC Results27 Nov - Ulster (H) L 10-203 Dec - Benetton (H) W 24-10
3 Dec - Connacht (H) W 47-198 Jan - Cardiff Rugby (H) W 34-10
29 Jan - Cardiff Rugby (A) L 27-2929 Jan - Ospreys (A) L 19-23
URC 2021/224th - W6 D0 L2 - 30pts2nd - W6 D1 L2 - 34pts
URC FormWWwLWl (21pts)WwwWWl (25pts)
Top try scorer4 - Adam Byrne, Dan Sheehan4 - Darcy Graham, Boan Venter, Ben Vellacott
Top points scorer45 - Ross Byrne37 - Blair Kinghorn


Key stats and records

Leinster Rugby have lost two of their last three United Rugby Championship encounters, at home to Ulster and away at Cardiff. The defeat to Ulster was Leinster’s only home loss sin Munster beat them at the RDS Arena in last season’s Rainbow Cup.

The Leinstermen have lost just one of their last nine encounters with Scottish opponents: 12-15 to Glasgow at Scotstoun in the Rainbow Cup in June.

Edinburgh Rugby lost their most recent match 19-23 at Ospreys on 29 January to end a six-game unbeaten run in the United Rugby Championship.

Edinburgh have won twice away from home in the United Rugby Championship this season, beating Zebre in Round 5 and Dragons in Round 6.

Edinburgh have won only one of their last eight fixtures against Irish provinces: 15-14 against Connacht in Galway last March.

Leinster have lost only two of their last nine encounters with Edinburgh, at Myerside in February 2018 and at BT Murrayfield in March 2019.

Edinburgh have lost on their last eighteen visits to Dublin to face Leinster in Dublin in all tournaments since their 27-13 victory at Donnybrook in November 2005.

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