The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon as the province stepped up their preparations ahead of Saturday evening’s Heineken Cup Round 4 encounter against Northampton Saints in the Aviva Stadium (KO: 6pm).
There were a number of bumps and bruises arising from Saturday’s bonus point victory in Franklin’s Gardens, with Sean O’Brien picking up a dead leg during the first half which is set to limit his on-field training in the early part of this week. However the management are optimistic that the Ireland wing-forward will be available for selection ahead of Friday’s midday team announcement.
Isaac Boss (tight hamstring) was a late withdrawal from the panel, but the medical team are hopeful that he too will be available having made his 50th Heineken Cup career appearance in the Round 2 victory over Castres Olympique.
Cian Healy has a leg injury which will continue to be assessed by the medical team, but he is still in contention this weekend.
Sean Cronin’s next game will be his 60th in Leinster colours, Rhys Ruddock is one game away from the 70 cap milestone, while prop Jack McGrath is now two caps shy of the half century mark in all competitions for Leinster. Out-half Ian Madigan’s 10-point haul in Northampton took his to the 400-point career landmark in his 89 games to date.
The Leinster ‘A’ team kept up their winning run on Saturday with a 31-0 victory over Cross Keys in Donnybrook. There are no major injury concerns for Girvan Dempsey’s men ahead of their return Round 4 fixture in Pandy Park on Saturday afternoon (KO: 3pm).
Leinster Rugby is proud to support the great work of the Irish Youth Foundation and Arc Cancer Support Centre. This Saturday there will be an envelope on every seat in the Aviva Stadium. Please help us to help them by putting €2 or what you can into your envelope and pop it into the Santa sacks located around the stadium at half-time or after the match. There are some amazing prizes on offer including a chance to be coached by members of the Leinster squad.
Tickets sales for Saturday’s game have now passed the 41,500 mark and are on sale fromwww.leinsterrugby.ie, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook), Active Sports (Blackrock) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets are available from €20.