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Saturday 16 December 2017

Kevin so proud to lead Blues

IT is safe to assume Leinster's Kevin McLaughlin will keep the captain's armband for tomorrow night's PRO12 League tussle with The Scarlets at The RDS.

McLaughlin, 27, began and ended his first match as Leinster captain on the occasion of his 63rd cap for the province with an unbeaten record against Benetton Treviso last Saturday. He is officially one from one - 100pc.

"It was a huge honour. Getting a chance to lead the team out at The RDS was quite special for me. Luckily, we got the result to go with it," he said.

Leinster hold a 10-point lead over second-placed Ospreys with just eight rounds of the league left to play, built on the back of a 17-match unbeaten run of six in Europe and 11 in the PRO12 stretching all the way back to the home defeat to Glasgow on September 17.

"We have a healthy lead. But we're not going to get complacent. The Ospreys are at home to Aironi this week and you assume they will win that game and put the pressure back on us," said McLaughlin.

"We've got to keep our winning run going and beat The Scarlets. We are looking at the four games during the Six Nations as a four-match series. We want to win all four.

"We are well aware of their threat and we need to be on song on Friday," he said.

The Scarlets have lost their last two matches, having eked five wins from six before that.

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