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.
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