Bolstered by the return of Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You, head coach Pat Lam has named a strong squad for the GUINNESS PRO12 clash with the Scarlets on Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm).
Kevin McLaughlin was removed from the field of play with suspected concussion during Leinster's GUINNESS PRO12 draw with Benetton Treviso last Sunday. He is currently following the return-to-play protocols and will not be involved against the Ospreys this weekend.
Ruan Pienaar has represented Ulster the same amount of times that he has played for South Africa - 80 times. The knee injury that he sustained against the All Blacks in the summer has meant that he has not been able to add to his tally for either province or country in recent months. However, he says that his return to play is edging closer:
As the international period draws to a close, Ireland are the only PRO12 Union to record three straight wins during the autumn. Victory over Australia combined with their earlier win over South Africa maintained their third place position in the World Rugby Rankings.
Speaking after Munster's comprehensive 38-12 victory away to the Newport Gwent Dragons, and while reflecting on the bonus point win that now places his team third in the GUINNESS PRO12, head coach Anthony Foley made particular reference to a couple players.
Following Connacht's 40-point win over Zebre last Friday night, Pat Lam's squad were back in full training on Monday as they prepare for the second of three back-to-back home games with the Scarlets visiting to the Sportsground this Saturday.
Leinster come up against a Benetton Treviso team at a low ebb, lying bottom of the table and still winless after seven rounds, as the province look to pick up the points and draw closer to the GUINNESS PRO12's top four.
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has named his team to face Benetton Treviso in the GUINNESS PRO12 on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm local time/2.30pm Irish time), with two changes from the round 7 win over Edinburgh.