The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon ahead of the visit of the Dragons in Friday night’s Magners League clash in the RDS (KO: 7.05pm).
Shaun Berne, a second half replacement in Leinster’s 19-18 victory over Edinburgh a fortnight ago, successfully stepped up his rehabilitation with an outing in Old Belvedere’s AIL victory over Shannon at the weekend.
The former Australia ‘A’ back is available for selection alongside Isaac Boss following his involvement in Ireland’s victory over Samoa on Saturday. Although there are 14 players away on international duty this week (12 with Ireland, Scotland’s Nathan Hines and Argentina’s Mariano Galarza), Leinster can still call on the services this week of experienced Ireland trio Leo Cullen, Shane Horgan and Shane Jennings.
Second row Ed O’Donoghue (knee) is also in the frame after injury while Isa Nacewa, Richardt Strauss and Heinke van der Merwe join recent signing Clint Newland in the panel alongside Rhys Ruddock and Andrew Conway, a try-scorer in the Edinburgh victory.
The team is expected to be announced on Thursday lunchtime.
Over 14,500 tickets have now been sold for Friday’s match and tickets are still available online from Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), online on www.leinsterrugby.ie and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.