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Leinster Prepare For Saints Showdown

Leinster Prepare For Saints Showdown

The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday ahead of the second game of the Bank of Ireland Series when they welcome Northampton Saints to Donnybrook on Friday night (kick-off 7pm).

The province’s management are hopeful that David Kearney, who missed last weekend’s 14-13 victory over the Melbourne Rebels with a minor calf strain, will be available.

Second row Damian Browne is also in the frame for his Leinster debut against his former club Northampton.

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It is expected that Ireland trio Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin will be available for selection after their involvement in Ireland’s pre World Cup training camp.

They will join fellow Ireland international Rhys Ruddock, a try scorer in the first friendly, as well as Mat Berquist who put in a strong showing on his first start for the province since his summer move from the Canterbury Crusaders.

Simon Shawe could also be in contention for selection as he has stepped up his rehabilitation following a quad strain.

Eoin O’Malley has recovered well after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this summer and may also feature in this Friday’s matchday squad.

Incidentally, of the 15 players who finished last weekend’s win at Donnybrook, 13 had graduated from the Leinster Academy, including Fionn Carr and Jamie Hagan who both featured in their first games since returning to their home province.

Tickets for the Leinster v Northampton game are available from €;10 for adults and €;5 for children, while stand tickets cost €;20.

They are available to buy online here, from Spar Donnybrook, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook) and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.