Provinces in good shape ahead of weekend fixtures

Following Saturday’s 15-10 victory over the Scarlets in Llanelli, the Leinster management report no major fresh injury concerns aside from the usual bumps and bruises ahead of the visit of Aironi to the RDS on Saturday (6.30pm).

Following Saturday’s 15-10 victory over the Scarlets in Llanelli, the Leinster management report no major fresh injury concerns aside from the usual bumps and bruises ahead of the visit of Aironi to the RDS on Saturday (6.30pm).

Luke Fitzgerald sustained a minor cut to the back of his head, but the Ireland back will be available for selection. Prop Nathan White was withdrawn as a precaution at half time with a tight calf, but is also expected to be deemed fit for selection.

Andrew Conway (ankle) and Steven Sykes (knee) have stepped up their respective rehabilitation programmes in recent weeks and it is hoped that if either player misses this week’s game they could be available for the visit of Connacht to the RDS the following week.

They will be monitored by the Leinster medical team this week and a decision on their availability will be made in the team announcement on Friday lunchtime.

Kevin McLaughlin and Dominic Ryan are likely to miss Saturday’s game as they recover from the ankle injuries sustained against Glasgow Warriors.

The prognosis on Ryan’s injury is more positive and he hasn’t been ruled out of the Connacht game but the injury sustained by McLaughlin see him sidelined for a longer period.

Munster have received a boost ahead of Friday’s clash with Edinburgh on Friday in Murrayfield (7.30pm) with the return of a number of players to full fitness.

BJ Botha (calf), Marcus Horan (illness), Ian Nagle (shoulder) return to the Munster squad having missed out on last weekend’s victory over Cardiff.

Botha suffered a calf strain in training in the run up to the Cardiff game while Horan succumbed to a bout of illness. Nagle has been out of action after sustaining a shoulder injury in the pre-season game against London Irish at Thomond Park in late August.

Also added are Simon Zebo, Paddy Butler and Dave O'Callaghan while James Coughlan and skipper Peter O'Mahony, who both retired injured in the course of Friday's Cardiff game, are also included in the 29-man squad.

Ulster manager Brian McLaughlin has named a preliminary 32 man squad for this Friday’s fixture against the Dragons at Rodney Parade (7.05pm).

Darren Cave (hamstring) and Ian Humphreys (shoulder) have responded well to treatment and are fit enough to be named in the extended squad.

Jared Payne was forced off with a dead leg in the loss to the Ospreys on Sunday put is expected to shake that off despite the quick turnaround between matches. Andi Kyriacou also left the field early after suffering a neck injury during a scrum.

Munster squad (v Edinburgh): J Murphy, S Deasy, S Zebo, T Gleeson, D Barnes, L Mafi, D Hurley, D Howlett, P Stringer, D Williams, I Keatley, M Horan, J Hayes, W du Preez, J Ryan, S Archer, BJ Botha, D Fogarty, M Sherry, B Holland, M O'Driscoll, I Nagle, D Foley, D O'Callaghan, P O'Mahony, N Ronan, T O'Donnell, P Butler, J Coughlan

Ulster squad (v Dragons): Jerry Cronin, Conor Carey, Paddy McAllister, Declan Fitzpatrick, Adam Macklin, Andi Kyriacou, John Burns, Niall Annett, Nigel Brady, Tim Barker, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Neil McComb, Pedrie Wannenburg, Mike McComish, Chris Henry, Willie Faloon, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, Blane McIlroy, Ian Porter, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, James McKinney, Luke Marshall, Nevin Spence, Darren Cave, Ian Whitten, Craig Gilroy, Conor Gaston, Jared Payne, Adam D’Arcy

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CourtsRugbyHeathrowPlace: LlanelliPlace: AironiPlace: ConnachtPlace: MurrayfieldPlace: Thomond ParkPlace: Rodney ParadePerson: Luke FitzgeraldPerson: Nathan WhitePerson: Andrew ConwayPerson: Steven SykesPerson: Kevin McLaughlinPerson: Dominic RyanPerson: RyanPerson: McLaughlinPerson: BothaPerson: Marcus HoranPerson: Ian NaglePerson: HoranPerson: NaglePerson: Simon ZeboPerson: Paddy ButlerPerson: Dave O'CallaghanPerson: James CoughlanPerson: Peter O'MahonyPerson: Brian McLaughlinPerson: Darren CavePerson: Ian HumphreysPerson: Jared PaynePerson: Andi KyriacouPerson: J MurphyPerson: S DeasyPerson: S ZeboPerson: T GleesonPerson: D BarnesPerson: L MafiPerson: D HurleyPerson: D HowlettPerson: P StringerPerson: D WilliamsPerson: I KeatleyPerson: M HoranPerson: J HayesPerson: W du PreezPerson: J RyanPerson: S ArcherPerson: BJ BothaPerson: D FogartyPerson: M SherryPerson: B HollandPerson: M O'DriscollPerson: I NaglePerson: D FoleyPerson: D O'CallaghanPerson: P O'MahonyPerson: N RonanPerson: T O'DonnellPerson: P ButlerPerson: J CoughlanPerson: Jerry CroninPerson: Conor CareyPerson: Paddy McAllisterPerson: Declan FitzpatrickPerson: Adam MacklinPerson: John BurnsPerson: Niall AnnettPerson: Nigel BradyPerson: Tim BarkerPerson: Lewis StevensonPerson: Dan TuohyPerson: Neil McCombPerson: Pedrie WannenburgPerson: Mike McComishPerson: Chris HenryPerson: Willie FaloonPerson: Robbie DiackPerson: Paul MarshallPerson: Blane McIlroyPerson: Ian PorterPerson: Paddy JacksonPerson: James McKinneyPerson: Luke MarshallPerson: Nevin SpencePerson: Ian WhittenPerson: Craig GilroyPerson: Conor GastonPerson: Adam D’ArcyEvent: ConnachtOrganisation: ScarletsOrganisation: LeinsterOrganisation: RDSOrganisation: Glasgow WarriorsOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: CardiffOrganisation: London IrishOrganisation: DragonsOrganisation: OspreysOrganisation: EdinburghOrganisation: Ulster
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