Lote Tuqiri suffered a recurrence of the hamstring strain which has curtailed him in recent weeks and he is set for a further spell on the sidelines. It is hoped that he will be available for the Round 2 game against Castres in the RDS. Brian O'Driscoll (calf strain) has a 50/50 chance of being fit and will continue to receive treatment from the medical team this week ahead of Friday's lunchtime team announcement.
Better news for the province is the arrival of Springbok international Zane Kirchner who has finally linked up with the province following a series of impressive displays in The Rugby Championship. Kirchner, who featured against the All Blacks in Ellis Park on Saturday, will train with his new team-mates this week and could come into the frame.
Luke Fitzgerald successfully came through his comeback match in Limerick alongside Sean O'Brien who featured for the province for the first time this season following arm surgery. Dominic Ryan also brought up the 50 cap landmark after appearing as a second half replacement in Thomond Park.
Ahead of the start of the Heineken Cup, where a number of players could be in the frame for their first European caps over the coming weeks, Wexford centre Gordon D'Arcy is leading the way and has now made 92 European appearances for the province.
Leinster 'A' will also kick off their British & Irish Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon at home to Ealing in Donnybrook (KO: 2.30pm). The squad are set to include a number of Academy players and the team will be announced on Friday. There is free entry for Leinster Season Ticket holders as the squad gear up for the defence of the title which was won last year in Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Leinster's Round 2 clash against Castres Olympique in the RDS on Saturday, 19th October (KO: 3.40pm) is on course to be a sell out with over 16,400 tickets now sold for the visit of the Top 14 champions. Tickets are on sale ONLINE HERE as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.