There are no fresh injury concerns for the Leinster management arising from Saturday’s win over Top 14 champions Castres Olympique ahead of Saturday’s interprovincial derby.
Brian O’Driscoll is progressing from the calf strain and will continue to be assessed by the medical team. The Dubliner could be in the frame this week but he will continue to be assessed on a daily basis as will tight-head prop Mike Ross ahead of Friday’s team announcement. Both players have resumed light training and hope to return to do some on-field work this week. The squad is likely to be freshened up following the exertions of recent weeks.
Dave Kearney’s next game will be his 60th for the province while tight-head prop Ross is seven games short of the century mark.
Lote Tuqiri should come into the mix this week and he could be joined by Zane Kirchner who is set to make his debut following his arrival a fortnight ago. Shane Jennings has fully recovered from injury and he is also in the mix, while several members of the Leinster ‘A’ team who have won both of their opening British & Irish Cup matches against Ealing Trailfinders and Moseley could come also into contention.
Andrew Goodman has also made positive strides in his rehab and should come back into the fray over the next weeks after being sidelined since the summer.
There will be specially themed Halloween events taking place around the ground on Saturdayincluding a Haunted House, trick or treat giveaways, vouchers and prizes for the best adult, family and fancy dress costume.
Events will start at 5pm when gates open and game kick-off is at 6:45pm. Adult tickets are priced at €30, children’s tickets €10 and a family of four can gain admission for just €70.
Tickets sales for Saturday’s match have passed the 14,500 mark and are on sale now fromwww.leinsterrugby.ie as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.