Picturedabove: The New Zealand-based Stan Wright, who has signed a short termcontract with Leinster Rugby, has been included in an extended 24-man squad forthe province's Heineken Cup clash with Agen on Saturday.
The Cook Islandsprop, who stands at 6ft 1in and weighs upwards of 18 stone, has beensigned ahead of today's Heineken Cup deadline and is covering for theinjured Will Green and Fosi Pala'amo. The 28-year-old Wright has been aregular for Northland in the NPC for the past three seasons.
Leinster coach Michael Cheika watches his players go through their paces at Old Belvedere RFC. The Australian was "happy enough" with the 6-6 draw his side secured away to Ulster in the Magners League last Saturday.
He said: "The match was played in absolutely terrible conditions, theground was almost unplayable. I think we probably just deserved to winbut to get a draw at Ravenhill against the league leaders keeps them inour sights and we have to be confident coming off the back of that.
"But most of all, there were plenty of positivesfor us from the bigger pictures as we concentrate on Agen." Over thenext seven days, Cheika's men face Agen at Lansdowne Road (Saturday,kick-off 5.35pm), and at Stade Armandie (Saturday week, kick-off3.30pm).
Before last Christmas, Leinster also faced back-to-back games against French opposition - they beat Bourgoin 53-7 at home before losing 30-28 to them at the Stade Pierre Rajon, a week later.
Denis Hickie and Reggie Corrigan inthe early morning sunshine at Old Belvedere. If selected, Hickie, whoscored a try on his Ireland comeback against Australia last month, willmake his 50th Heineken Cup appearance against Agen this weekend.
The Dublin-born winger has scored 18 tries inhis 49 European outings to date - his last try being that unforgettableone in the quarter-final win over Toulouse last April. If he gets somegame-time against Agen, Corrigan, the experienced Greystones prop, willbecome Leinster's second most-capped player of all-time - so far he hasplayed 127 times for the province.