Leinster in rude health for Munster visit

Leinster in rude health for Munster visit

Leinster may be shaken by last Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup final loss to Saracens but Leo Cullen's side have at least emerged from the experience with relatively little in the way of fitness worries ahead of Munster's visit to Dublin.

The two Irish provincial rivals meet in a Guinness PRO14 semi-final at the RDS in five day's time. Extra seating has been added to the venue to cater for demand but all 18,977 tickets have already been snapped up for this latest derby.

Joe Tomane, Leinster's Australian back, is unavailable having strained a hamstring in training last week. A peripheral figure since his arrival from France last summer, his absence won't unduly handicap the reigning league champions.

That – and the unavailability of long-term absentees Dan Leavy, Adam Byrne, Mick Kearney and Barry Daly – aside, it is good news for Leinster.

Josh van der Flier, thought to be out for the season when he was injured early in the Six Nation, is available for selection in the back row having returned to training, while scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park is also back in contention after missing the last few weeks with a hamstring issue.

Dalo's Hurling Podcast: Bubbles baffles Cork, Clare conquer Walsh Park, Dubs rattle the cage

More on this topic

Pro14 fixtures for 2019/20 revealedPro14 fixtures for 2019/20 revealed

Leinster announce first-ever double-header between men's and women's teamsLeinster announce first-ever double-header between men's and women's teams

Murray won’t rest on laurelsMurray won’t rest on laurels

England squad bonding by watching Love IslandEngland squad bonding by watching Love Island

More in this Section

Wexford star scores stunning keepie-uppie volleyWexford star scores stunning keepie-uppie volley

Portmarnock ‘logical first step’ for global Open, says HarringtonPortmarnock ‘logical first step’ for global Open, says Harrington

One change for Cork footballers as Sean Powter returns to the benchOne change for Cork footballers as Sean Powter returns to the bench

Jota hopes to be pitch-perfect for WolvesJota hopes to be pitch-perfect for Wolves


Lifestyle

Christy Collard and Robin O’Donovan are parents to six children, but sustainability is still a cornerstone of their busy lives in west Cork.The family that composts together stays together

Ron Howard was happy to let the spirit of Luciano Pavarotti shine through in his documentary on the great tenor, writes Laura Harding.Hitting the right note with new Luciano Pavarotti documentary

Prevention is so much better than cure, says Fiann Ó Nualláin, who offers gardeners timely advice on guarding face and body against those potentially damaging ultra-violet rays this season and beyond.Gardening: Be skincare-savvy for summer

It's never been more important to choose flowers and trees according to their environmental needs, says Peter DowdallIn these times of climate change, choose plants to weather all conditions

More From The Irish Examiner