The Leinster squad look set to be bolstered by the return of a number of Ireland internationals for the Round 3 Heineken Cup clash against the Northampton Saints in Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday evening (KO: 6pm).
There are no major injury concerns for the province following Saturday’s bonus point victory over the Scarlets in a game which saw South African international Zane Kirchner score his first try in Leinster colours.
Martin Moore was substituted during the first half of the win over Scarlets after experiencing some discomfort after being winded from the scrum which reaped a penalty try, but that is not expected to curtail the tight-head prop’s involvement in training this week, while centre Gordon D’Arcy was replaced as a precaution and will also be available ahead of Friday’s midday team announcement.
Ireland internationals Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Brian O’Driscoll and Devin Toner will all re-join the squad as Leinster build up to the trip to Northampton. Following his 11-point haul in the RDS at the weekend, out-half Ian Madigan now lies 10 points shy of the 400-point career milestone for the province in his 88 games to date.
Jack McGrath is now three caps short of the 50-cap landmark and after Saturday has now scored three times in his nine appearances to date this season.
The Leinster ‘A’ team are in Round 3 British & Irish Cup action in Donnybrook this Saturday afternoon when they welcome Cross Keys (KO: 2.30pm). Girvan Dempsey’s charges have begun the B&I Cup campaign strongly with opening victories against Ealing Trailfinders (49-8) and away to Moseley (22-24). There will be free entry to the game for Leinster Season Ticket Holders upon presentation of this year’s membership card.
Meanwhile, ticket sales for the Round 4 clash against Northampton Saints in the Aviva Stadium a week later on Saturday, 14th December (KO: 6pm) continue to progress steadily and have now passed the 37,500 mark. Tickets are on sale now from www.leinsterrugby.ie