The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon ahead of Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Edinburgh in the RDS (KO: 7.45pm), with the medical team reporting no fresh injury concerns following Saturday’s victory over the Cardiff Blues.
Following their qualification to the Heineken Cup semi finals for the fourth successive season, focus turns to the league and it is hoped that Eoin O’Malley will recover from the calf strain which had ruled him out of selection at the weekend.
The last meeting between the sides in October was a high scoring affair with Leinster winning 36-28 that day. Jonathan Sexton chipped in with 23 points in Murrayfield and has now scored 728 points in 87 appearances for Leinster.
Isa Nacewa, a try scorer in the Aviva Stadium, is now just three appearances short of becoming only the second overseas player (after Felipe Contepomi) to make 100 appearances for the province.
Aside from the usual bumps and bruises there are no major injury concerns as the province face into back-to-back PRO12 ties against fellow European semi finalists with the squad travelling to Belfast to face Ulster next week.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the Easter holidays the Leinster squad will be holding an open sessionahead of Friday’s game in the RDS this Wednesday. Gates open from 10.30am when training starts. Entrance is free and the squad will meet supporters briefly following training.
Tickets for Friday’s game – themed as the province’s ‘Spring Fling’ with lots of family fun including a treasure hunt with Leo the Lion, a picnic area complete with rugs and special deals from the concessions on site, bouncy castles and much more around the ground – are fast approaching the 15,000 mark. A range of family tickets will be available and start from €50 for two adults and two children. Tickets are still on sale online from www.leinsterrugby.ie, Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.