Speaking to the media ahead of Leinster Rugby’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Munster at Aviva Stadium, scrum coach John Fogarty provided an injury update and spoke about the importance of the fixture to the players, coaches and supporters of both provinces.
Fogarty confirmed that Luke McGrath (arm) and Fergus McFadden (hamstring) came through the win over Edinburgh at the RDS Arena last Friday with no issues and are due to be available for selection this weekend.
Leinster’s four returning Lions from last week, Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, Seán O’Brien and Jack McGrath, came through their first game of the season with no issues and all are available for selection this weekend, while Robbie Henshaw, who didn’t feature against Edinburgh, is also available.
Noel Reid was withdrawn from the game last Friday night with a head injury and has entered the return to play protocols.
Isa Nacewa (calf) will continue to rehab his injury and will be assessed later this week.
Meanwhile, James Ryan (foot) is set to return to training next week.
Speaking about Saturday’s PRO14 game at the Aviva, Fogarty said: “It’s a really important fixture for so many different reasons. There’s so much history in that game, loads of emotion wrapped up in a Munster-Leinster game.
“If you’re around the lads today, you can the intensity that’s in their eyes. It’s very, very important that we compete and we show up, that we’re working hard for our team and for our supporters. We’re playing against our closest friends, and maybe biggest enemies.”
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