Zebre vs Leinster will kick off the Irish provinces start to the campaign when they clash in the URC this weekend. After their first trophyless season since 2017, Leo Cullen’s side will be keen to prove why they are one of Europe’s top sides.
At the other end of the table, Zebre will hope to show signs of improvement after just one win all last season. After a summer of recruitment, they will hope to show what they are truly capable of.
Here is all the information you need ahead of Zebre vs Leinster this weekend.
When is Zebre v Leinster?
The game kicks off this Saturday at 1.00 P.M
How can I watch Zebre v Leinster?
The game is live on RTÉ Two, with cover age beginning at 12.30.
The Champions Cup final defeat to Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle, and the URC semi-final defeat to The Bulls will be firmly in the minds of Leinster’s players ahead of this weekend. Leo Cullen’s side were arguably second best in two games all season, and it cost them silverware. A Summer of searching for answers in both those games will have occupied the minds of the Leinster coaching staff.
Expect Zebre to target Leinster at the breakdown, where they came unstuck against more physical sides. Leinster will look to put down a marker this weekend with a convincing victory away from home to kick start the season.
Leinster are without full back Hugo Keenan and winger James Lowe, who picked up injuries during pre-season. Rhys Ruddock captains a side mixed with experience and youth, with new signings Jason Jenkins and Charlie Ngatai making their debuts. Dave Kearney and Will Connors also return form long-term injuries.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) September 16, 2022