Head coach Leo Cullen has issued an injury update ahead of Saturday’s first round game of the United Rugby Championship in Aviva Stadium against the Vodacom Bulls (KO 5.15pm – live on TG4, Premier Sports and URC TV).

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After the Bank of Ireland Pre-Season Friendly against Harlequins, Cullen was able to issue a positive note on a number of players returning from injury with.

Conor O’Brien, Jamison Gibson-Park, Max Deegan and James Lowe all came through the game against Quins with no issues after their return from injury and are expected to train as normal this week.

In addition, Cullen confirmed that Andrew Porter (foot), Nick McCarthy (foot), Garry Ringrose (shoulder), Ciarán Frawley (shoulder) and Dan Leavy (knee) had all returned to full training this week and are available for selection.

Two players unavailable for selection this week will be Josh Murphy (calf) and Harry Byrne (foot) who are ruled out with minor injuries.

There was no new update on a number of players:

Jordan Larmour (groin), Dave Kearney (ankle), Michael Milne (calf), Will Connors (knee), Thomas Clarkson (hamstring), Tommy O’Brien (hamstring) and Jack Dunne (ankle).