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Boss Doubtful For PRO12 Final

Boss Doubtful For PRO12 Final

The Leinster squad have stepped up their preparations for Sunday’s RaboDirect PRO12 final against the Ospreys at the RDS (kick-off 4pm).

Scrum half Isaac Boss (quad) remains in doubt for the province as they prepare for the visit of the high-flying Welsh side.

He failed a late fitness test in the warm-up before last Saturday’s Heineken Cup final win over Ulster and was replaced by Academy graduate John Cooney, who made his European debut late on in what was only his sixth senior appearance.

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Three longer term injuries rule out Rhys Ruddock (hip surgery), Luke Fitzgerald (neck) and Eoin O’Malley (knee).

Aside from the usual bumps and bruises there are no other fresh injury concerns reported by the Leinster medical team arising from the five-try victory in Twickenham.

Ireland trio Cian Healy, Rob Kearney and Brian O’Driscoll suffered no lasting ill-effects to the injuries which had affected their preparations in the build-up to the Heineken Cup decider and all three will be available for selection.

Out-half Ian Madigan’s next appearance for the province will be his 50th, while Kevin McLaughlin is in line for his 75th Leinster outing next time out.

Sunday’s league final, which is a sell-out, will also mark Brad Thorn and Nathan White’s final appearances for the province.

Meanwhile, the ‘Early Bird’ discount offering for Leinster Season Tickets for the 2012/13 season closes on Friday, June 1. Already over 11,500 tickets have been sold and they are still on sale online here.