The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday evening and the Leinster management reported no new injury worries ahead of Friday night’s Magners League clash against Edinburgh in Murrayfield (KO: 7.05pm).
Jonathan Sexton and Devin Toner stepped up their rehabilitation this week and a decision on their fitness will be made at Thursday’s team announcement as both bid to make their seasonal competitive debuts.
Leo Cullen is progressing well from shoulder surgery and though he won’t be available this week, it is hoped that he will return to action over the coming weeks.
Rob Kearney, meanwhile, made his 99th Leinster appearance away in Italy last weekend.
Speaking ahead of Friday night’s clash in Murrayfield, IAN MADIGAN said that the team are determined to improve their consistency against Edinburgh…
On Areas of Improvement: “There are a few things that we need to work on. At the forefront of that would be our ball retention and we need to be more clinical at the breakdown. Then in attack maybe we need to offer with our lines of running.
“There was definite disappointment in the dressing-room afterwards because it was the third game in a row that we have gone ahead and fell behind in the second half. That’s something that we have to address.”
On Edinburgh:“They’re a very dogged side and they have one of the best place-kickers in the competition in Chris Paterson. We know that we’re going to have to be very disciplined going over there. They’re none from three, and we have won just the once in three games, so both teams are going to look to win the game. So we’re expecting a close one on Friday.
“Both teams know that if either side loses that they will be in the bottom three (of the Magners League), but if you win you could find yourself back in the top four. So it’s a very important game for both of us, so early on in the season.”
On recent run of games:“I was delighted to be in the senior squad for a few of the opening games of the season and hopefully I’ll get a few more chances as the season goes on.
“I have found that what I’ve learned in the Academy has really stood to me. The focus was probably more on weights (there) than with the seniors who would spend more time on the pitch. That’s to get you physically ready if you do get call up with the seniors.
“This season with a new coach in Joe (Schmidt), I really like the brand of rugby that he’s playing. It’s about trying to have to have the skills-set to be able to play that brand of rugby that he’s trying to bring in.
“Growing up when I was maybe 11 or 12 I would have seen Brian O’Driscoll or Gordon D’Arcy playing and I would have dreamt of playing alongside them. Now I have the opportunity to do that and it’s a dream come true. I wake up every morning feeling lucky and looking forward to going to training.”
On family ties:“My grandfather’s brother Paddy is a former Ireland international and he was also a former President of the Leinster Branch and the IRFU. My dad (Michael) also played Leinster Schools, so there’s a good rugby background in my family and I hope to continue that.”
Name: Ian Madigan
DOB: 21st March 1989
Height: 1.78 m (5' 10")
Weight: 90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Position: Fly Half / Full Back
School: Blackrock College
Leinster Caps – Career: 8 (1 try, 2 penalties)
Leinster Caps – 2010/11: 3 (1 try)
Leinster 'A' Caps: 4 (v Saracens, Bristol, Ospreys, Ulster)
British & Irish Cup Caps: 3 (v Exeter Chiefs, Newport, Gael Force)
Ireland Under-20 Caps: 14 (v Wales x3, England x2, New Zealand x2, Italy x2, Scotland x2, France, Argentina, Samoa)
Leinster Under-20 Caps: 6 (v English Counties x2, Ulster x2, Munster, Connacht)
Leinster Under-19 Caps: 2 (Munster, Connacht)
Ireland Schools Caps: 4 (v Japan, Italy, France, England)
Leinster Under-18 (Schools) Caps: 4 (v RFU Academy, Connacht, Ulster, Munster)
*Member of Leinster Schools Junior Cup winning team (2004)