The Leinster squad completed their first on-field training session of the week in UCD on Monday afternoon as the panel gear up for Saturday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 visit of Aironi Rugby to the RDS (KO: 6.30pm, match not televised).
Following Saturday’s 15-10 victory over the Scarlets in Llanelli, the Leinster management report no major fresh injury concerns aside from the usual bumps and bruises.
Luke Fitzgerald sustained a minor cut to the back of his head, but the Ireland back will be available for selection. Prop Nathan White was withdrawn as a precaution at half time with a tight calf, but is also expected to be available for selection.
Andrew Conway (ankle) and Steven Sykes (knee) have stepped up their respective rehabilitation programmes in recent weeks and it is hoped that if both, or indeed either player, misses this week’s game they could be available for the visit of Connacht to the RDS the following week. They will be monitored by the Leinster medical team this week and a decision on their availability will be made in the team announcement on Friday lunchtime.
Kevin McLaughlin and Dominic Ryan are likely to miss Saturday’s game as they recover from the ankle injuries sustained against Glasgow Warriors. The prognosis on Ryan’s injury is more positive and he hasn’t been ruled out of the Connacht game but the injury sustained by McLaughlin may rule him out for a longer period.
Over 14,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game which will include the usual ‘Family Day’ activities and tickets are still available from www.leinsterrugby.ie, Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Meanwhile, over 30,000 tickets have now been sold for ‘Fever In The Aviva 2’ when Leinster take on Munster in the Aviva Stadium on Friday, 4th November (KO: 8pm). Tickets are on sale now from www.leinsterrugby.ie