Following the completion of the three game pre-season friendlies, the Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 opener away to the Scarlets in Parc y Scarlets (KO: 6.30pm).
The Leinster medical team reported no major fresh injury concerns arising from Friday’s 10-all draw in the City of Salford Stadium.
With 11 fit international players unavailable for the opening rounds of the campaign and a further seven players (Luke Fitzgerald, Mark Flanagan, Conor Gilsenan, David Kearney, Sean O’Brien, Eoin O’Malley and Rhys Ruddock) ruled out through injury, the recent three-match series against English opposition (Gloucester, Northampton Saints and Sale Sharks) provided a number of younger players with an opportunity to stake a claim ahead of the start of the PRO12.
To affirm this, the province finished the Sale game with 13 Academy players in the line-up. Amongst that number was Andrew Conway who scored Leinster’s only try of the game.
Isa Nacewa successfully came through his opening outing of the new campaign in a game which marked summer signing Tom Denton’s third appearance in Leinster colours.
Ian Madigan, meanwhile, is one cap away from reaching the 50-cap milestone while Ireland second row Devin Toner is three appearances away from reaching the century mark for the province.
South African second row Quinn Roux is settling into the squad following his recent arrival from Super 15 duty with the Stormers and he could come into contention for Saturday’s game.
The team will be announced at 12 midday on Friday ahead of the team’s departure from Dublin airport later that evening.