The Leinster squad have stepped up their preparations with a training session in UCD today ahead of Saturday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 match against the Scarlets at the RDS (kick-off 7.15pm).
The squad will be aiming to build on the gritty victory away to Benetton Treviso and could be bolstered by the return of regular captain Leo Cullen who has made positive strides in his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury over the last week.
The Newtownmountkennedy second row could feature for the first time this season and a final decision will be made later in the week ahead of Friday’s announcement.
Last Sunday’s game in Italy marked Australian Lote Tuqiri’s first try for the province, while Zane Kirchner featured as a second half replacement after his involvement with the Springboks in recent weeks.
Both international players are set to feature in the squad alongside several members of the Ireland panel who did not feature as prominently for Joe Schmidt’s side in the GUINNESS Series.
Out-half Jimmy Gopperth’s 11-point haul against Treviso took him to within six points of the 100-point mark in 10 games to date, while Isaac Boss’ next game will be his 85th in Leinster colours. Noel Reid, meanwhile, has now scored in successive games for the province.
Tickets sales for Saturday’s league clash have passed the 14,700 mark. Match tickets are on sale online here, with the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook), Active Sports (Blackrock) and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide also selling tickets.