Leinster Squad Update…

Guinness PRO12 Editor

20 Feb 2012


Following Friday night’s victory over the Scarlets, there are no fresh injury concerns for the Leinster management ahead of Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 trip to Firhill to face the Glasgow Warriors (KO: 6pm).

In a boost for the province, ex Blackrock College duo Andrew Conway and Luke Fitzgerald have stepped up their rehabilitation this week as they progress their scheduled conditioning programme.

It is hoped that they will both return to full training, with a decision on their availability set to be confirmed at Friday’s midday team announcement.

Dominic Ryan successfully came through his first appearance since October and the back-row forward was one of eight recent Leinster Academy graduates on the field of play by the time Fergus McFadden slotted home the match-winning penalty.

With a number of players unavailable due to international commitments this week with Ireland, Leinster look set to call upon a number of Academy players once more such as Colm O’Shea, who made his senior bow in the recent bonus point victory over Benetton Treviso.

Clontarf centre O’Shea is one of 29 other Academy graduates across the Leinster panel this season, not including the likes of Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings and Brian O’Driscoll, for example, whose earlier careers were honed in the IRFU National Academy in the late 1990’s.

McFadden scored all 16 points for the province against the Scarlets in the RDS, last time out, in a game which also marked Heinke van der Merwe’s 50th appearance for the province.

Friday night’s game also marked Leinster’s sixth annual ‘Ladies Night’ where over €5,000 was raised for Action Breast Cancer. Sincere thanks to the OLSC and all of our supporters for raising funds on the night.