There was positive news on the injury front when Girvan Dempsey spoke to the media on Monday afternoon at Leinster Rugby HQ.

Leinster travel to face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday in the first of back-to-back fixtures against the English champions.

The Chiefs have been in sparkling form recently and currently top the Premiership table with eight wins from 10 games.

They also maintained their unbeaten record at home this season with a six-try, 42-29 victory against Bath over the weekend.

With a stern test on the horizon, Dempsey was pleased to report a near clean bill of health going into Sunday’s crucial match before the return fixture at the Aviva on Saturday, 16th December.

Garry Ringrose, Mick Kearney and Josh van der Flier all returned from injury in the bonus point win over Benetton Rugby and came through the game with no issues.

Speaking about Ringrose’s return to action – his first game since the summer tour with Ireland – Dempsey said:

“I thought Garry went well. It was really good for him. He didn’t have a huge amount of sessions leading into the game. It’s important try and get the combination together – himself and Noel Reid I thought did well in the midfield. Defensively he looked strong, he looked organised, confident in his shoulder. He took his try well. I thought he looked sharp.”

Dan Leavy will be reviewed again this week after tightness in his hamstring.

Robbie Henshaw reported with tightness in hamstring ahead of Ireland’s match against Argentina in the Guinness Series. He will be assessed further this week.

Finally, James Ryan took a knock to his shoulder when playing for Ireland against Argentina and will be assessed further this week ahead of Sunday’s match against Exeter Chiefs.

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