Leinster Squad Update…
February 11, 2013 12:00 am client
The Leinster squad trained in UCD on Monday afternoon as they started their on-field preparations for Saturday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Benetton Treviso in the RDS (KO: 5pm)…
There are no major fresh injury concerns for the province arising from Friday night’s 26-11 victory over the Cardiff Blues in a game which saw Eoin O’Malley, who was a late addition to the panel in place of the injured Fionn Carr, make his 50th appearance for the province when he appeared as a second half replacement.
Springbok prop Heinke van der Merwe was another late withdrawal after being rested to recover fully from a knock to the leg, but management are confident that both he and winger Carr will be available ahead of Friday’s midday team announcement.
Isa Nacewa missed the victory in Wales at the weekend with a recurrence of an arm injury sustained in January and is unlikely to be involved this weekend.
Ian Madigan, who completed a 100% successful kicking tally of 16 points on Friday, is in line to make his 21st appearance of the season – and his 70th in Leinster colours – if he features this weekend. Meanwhile, Ireland international Rhys Ruddock is one cap away from reaching the half century appearance milestone.
The management expect the return of a number of players who have had limited game time after their involvement with the Ireland Six Nations squad in recent weeks.
Saturday’s game marks the province’s annual ‘Ladies Night’ which is a specially themed night. All female supporters at this game will be treated with goodies such as flowers, cupcakes and more while also having the chance to win some great prizes. Come along and enjoy the live music around the grounds and keep an eye out for our goodie bag locations to pick up yours with some great treats inside. Cupid will also be roaming the grounds this Valentine’s weekend looking to escort some lucky ladies to their seats. While enjoying the match the fabulous Blue Crew will be surprising some ladies in the crowd with spot prizes so keep watch!
There are close to 15,500 tickets sold for Saturday’s game and tickets are still on sale ONLINE HERE, the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) as well as Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.