Leinster rugby news ahead of Munster

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Updated: November 1, 2011

The Leinster squad stepped up their preparations with a training session in UCD ahead of Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 derby with Munster at the Aviva Stadium (KO: 8pm).

Aside from the usual bumps and bruises from Friday night’s 36-28 victory over Edinburgh in Murrayfield, the Leinster management reported no fresh injury concerns with the strong possibility that more Ireland internationals will make their return to the squad for the first time this season after their involvement in the Rugby World Cup.

In addition, Isa Nacewa who was rested for the game in Scotland, is also expected to return to the panel. Another returning player Jonathan Sexton – who was withdrawn in the 80th minute as a precaution with minor cramp – kicked 23 points on his first outing for the province this term in a game which also saw number eight Leo Auva’a score his first senior try.

Mike Ross’s appearance in the Scottish capital was his 49th for the province in both league and Heineken Cup competitions while in a further boost Rob Kearney (who made his 105th appearance) successfully came through his first game in Leinster colours in a little over a year.

Meanwhile, there are over 41,500 tickets now sold for Friday’s game which will mark Leinster’s fifth game in the Aviva Stadium. Tickets are still available from www.leinsterrugby.ie, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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