The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon as attention switches to the RaboDirect PRO12 visit of Cardiff Blues to the RDS on Saturday evening (KO: 6.30pm).
There are no major injury concerns arising from Saturday’s games in Wales, where the senior team recorded their second Pool victory in the Heineken Cup over the Scarlets, while the province’s ‘A’ team were narrowly edged by Pontypridd in Sardis Road.
Gordon D’Arcy successfully came through 80 minutes after his recent rib injury, while Richardt Strauss received stitches to a cut on his chin.
It is hoped that Rob Kearney (back) will be available this weekend while Quinn Roux (ankle) will also continue to be assessed by the medical team.
Rhys Ruddock successfully came through his first run out of the season in Pontypridd and he is set to be joined in the mix for selection this week by Dave Kearney for the visit of Cardiff. Second row Tom Denton was a late withdrawal from the ‘A’ game with minor calf tightening but that will not affect his availability this week when the team is named at Friday lunchtime.
There will be lots of Halloween activity around the ground on Saturday includinga Haunted House, fancy dress competition and special firework display. Come down in your best Halloween costume to support the team and be in with a chance to win some great prizes on the night. With all of this and many other Halloween games it is set to be a spooky night down at the RDS!
Ticket sales for Saturday’s game have passed the 15,000 mark and tickets are on sale from www.leinsterrugby.ie, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.