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Pictured above: Leinster coach Michael Cheika directs operations at the Belfield Bowl, UCD on Tuesday. The province, last season's runners-up, open their Magners League account away to Edinburgh Gunners on Friday (Murrayfield, kick-off 7.30pm).

Guy Easterby, who will face a stiff challenge from Australian international Chris Whitaker for the Leinster scrum half berth this season, stretches before training. The 35-year-old is six caps short of hitting the half century for the province.

Michael Cheika, with Jamie Heaslip in support, shows the youngsters how it's done as he takes on his countryman Chris Whitaker.

More fun and games between the Leinster players and coaches at Belfield as young winger Robert Kearney tries to evade the tackle of assistant coach David Knox.

Perhaps Luke Fitzgerald fancies himself as a hooker? One of Leinster's newest recruits, the former Blackrock College starlet turns 19 next Wednesday.

'T' for two - Guy Easterby spots the spelling error on the back of his scrum half compatriot Chris Whitaker's jersey at Belfield.

Michael Cheika and Leinster out-half Felipe Contepomi, the Celtic League's top scorer last season, discuss tactics. The Buenos Aires-born Contepomi is one game short of his 50th Test cap for Argentina - the Pumas next face England at Twickenham on November 11.

Former Wallaby Owen Finegan shares a joke with his new team-mate Jamie Heaslip. The 34-year-old Finegan, who won 55 caps as a lock and back row for Australia, played twice against Ireland during his Test career, in 1999 and 2002.

Indeed, his appearance in the Aussies' 18-9 defeat to Ireland at Lansdowne Road in November '02 was his last start for his country - he earned a further four caps as a replacement the following year.

**All photos by Donall Farmer of Inpho Photography**

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