The Leinster squad underwent their first on-field pitch session in UCD on Monday ahead of the visit of Cardiff Blues to the RDS on Friday night (KO: 8.05pm) in the RaboDirect PRO12.
The management report no fresh major injury concerns from Saturday’s victory over Benetton Treviso as the squad step up their preparations for the visit of Cardiff with a number of players who were rested at the weekend set to rejoin the panel this week.
Amongst them should be the likes of Isa Nacewa, who incidentally celebrated the birth of his third daughter, Lucy, last week, as well as Richardt Strauss and Heinke van der Merwe. Some of the Irish International contingent may also be available.
Fergus McFadden – who successfully came through 80 minutes after having been ruled out of the Round 2 Heineken Cup clash the previous week – completed a 100% kicking ratio and his 15-point haul in the 30-20 victory on Saturday brought his overall career tally to 190 points in 57 games.
Leo Auva’a’s first minute try, meanwhile, was his second five-pointer in Leinster colours since signing his first professional deal during the summer.
Already over 15,600 tickets have been sold for Friday’s game and tickets are still on sale from www.leinsterrugby.ie, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
The team is expected to be announced on Thursday lunchtime.