Wing Richard Fussell is one of five changes to the Dragons side.
Dragons Head Coach Paul Turner has named a line-up which sees five changes from the side which lost to Edinburgh last Friday for the clash against Leinster at Rodney Parade tomorrow (KO 5.30pm)
Gareth Wyatt and Richard Fussell come in on the wings with Phil Dollman starting in the centres and Adam Black in the front row. Craig Hill gets a second start for the region alongside Dan Lydiate.
Rob Kearney returns to the Leinster starting line-up and takes his place in a backline features Girvan Dempsey at full-back and Simon Keogh on the right wing. There are two debutants in centre Kyle Tonetti and out-half Ian McKinley who are the latest players to be promoted from the Leinster Academy. Tonetti partners Fergus McFadden, who is in line to make his seventh appearance of the season.
In the pack Devin Toner partners Trevor Hogan, while Kevin McLaughlin forms a strong back-row alongside Sean O'Brien and Stephen Keogh who captains the side.
Four further Academy players could be set to make their debuts from the replacements bench and are named alongside the most recent graduate Paul O'Donohoe, who impressed for Clontarf in last weekend's AIL Division 1 final.
DRAGONS: Martyn Thomas, Gareth Wyatt, Rhodri Gomer Davies, Phil Dollman, Richard Fussell, Jason Tovey, Wayne Evans, Adam Black, Tom Willis (capt.) Rhys Thomas, Andrew Hall, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Lewis Evans, Craig Hill
Replacements: Steve Jones, Nigel Hall, Huw Gustafson, Grant Webb, Aled Brew, James Arlidge, Alex Walker.Rob Kearney returns to the Leinster team to face the Dragons in Saturday night's Magners League clash at Rodney Parade (KO: 5.30pm) has been named.
LEINSTER: 15: Girvan Dempsey 14: Simon Keogh 13: Fergus McFadden 12: Kyle Tonetti 11: Rob Kearney 10: Ian McKinley
9: Chris Keane; 1: Ronan McCormack 2: John Fogarty 3: Stephen Knoop 4: Trevor Hogan 5: Devin Toner 6: Kevin McLaughlin 7: Sean O'Brien 8: Stephen Keogh (capt).
Replacements: 16: Brian Blaney 17: Jamie Hagan 18: Cameron Jowitt 19: Paul Ryan 20: Paul O'Donohoe 21: Ian Madigan 22: David Kearney.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.