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Brothers Bryan and Ed Byrne named on Leinster squad for friendly against Canada in Ontario

Leo Cullen has named a 27 man squad for the trip

The Leinster Rugby travelling squad for Saturday’s friendly against the Canadian Men’s team has been named by head coach Leo Cullen.

Bryan and Ed Byrne have been named in the side in the forwards.

Leinster Rugby Academy players Ryan Baird, Harry Byrne and Martin Moloney have been named in the squad.

Second-row Baird made his senior debut last season off the bench against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium and is now in his second year in the Leinster Academy.

Harry Byrne (Year Two) and Martin Moloney (Year One) both started last Saturday’s Bank of Ireland Pre-season Friendly against Coventry.

There are six senior internationals in the group with Michael Bent (4 Ireland caps), James Tracy (6), Adam Byrne (1) and Rory O’Loughlin (1) all selected, with Scott Fardy (39 Australia caps) and Joe Tomane (17) both travelling to Canada.

Leinster’s pre-season schedule kicked off last Saturday at Energia Park against Coventry Rugby with Cullen’s men coming out on top 47-17 against the English Championship side.

Leinster Rugby face Canada at Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario, on Saturday (KO 3pm local/8pm Irish).

Leinster Rugby – Canada travelling squad

Forwards

Vakh Abdaladze (7 Leinster Rugby caps)
Ryan Baird (1)*
Michael Bent (124)
Bryan Byrne (42)
Ed Byrne (45)
Will Connors (5)
Max Deegan (46)
Peter Dooley (61)
Caelan Doris (16)
Scott Fardy (44)
Rónan Kelleher (2)
Martin Moloney (0)*
Ross Molony (82)
Josh Murphy (21)
James Tracy (92)

Backs

Adam Byrne (52)
Harry Byrne (0)*
Barry Daly (36)
Ciarán Frawley (14)
Hugo Keenan (5)
Cian Kelleher (7)
Conor O’Brien (17)
Jimmy O’Brien (7)
Rory O’Loughlin (61)
Hugh O’Sullivan (14)
Patrick Patterson (3)*
Joe Tomane (13)

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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