The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon ahead of Saturday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash with the Glasgow Warriors in the RDS (KO: 7.45pm).
After a brief hiatus in the campaign over recent weeks, the province is gearing up for a busy two months starting with the visit of the league leaders this weekend and Ulster the following Saturday in matches that are likely to be a sell-outs.
It has been confirmed that Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald has ruptured his ACL and will require surgery once the swelling settles down, meaning that he is likely to miss the rest of the season.
The management are pleased to welcome back experienced trio Kevin McLaughlin, Isa Nacewa and Heinke van der Merwe after missing the four victories over the Six Nations period and they could be joined by some of the internationals who were involved with the Ireland squad.
Second row Quinn Roux successfully came through last week’s ‘A’ team outing in University of Limerick after missing almost four months with a shoulder injury.
Gordon D’Arcy continues to make good progress with the foot injury which side-lined him for the last month and the influential centre is expected to return to action either this week or next.
Jordan Coghlan suffered an ankle injury in last week’s ‘A’ interprovincial friendly against Munster is likely to be out for a number of weeks.
Boosted by a number of impressive displays from a significant number of Academy players, the province have been on a strong run of form since Christmas and are now pushing hard for a play-off berth after securing 19 points from a possible 20 in the four recent PRO12 clashes.
On Saturday night all Leinster supporters, with support from a team of 20 volunteers, will try to break the world record for the most amount of followers wearing the same team kit in the same place. The event is being run to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day campaign to support the amazing work they do every day in combatting cancer. The charity leads the way in terms of cancer research in the country and also provides much needed support to those affected by the disease. To thank the Leinster support for their generosity, the organisers have arranged a host of prizes for you to win. Simply buy a match programme to see if it contains a golden ticket.
Saturday night also marks the province’s annual ‘Spring Fling’ with fun and games for all the family. Ticket sales for Saturday’s game have passed the 15,300 mark and are on sale from www.leinsterrugby.ie, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.