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Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Our Champions Cup hangs on Bath game' - Johnny Sexton defiant as Leinster wait on injuries

Published 17/11/2015 | 18:15

Leinster's Jonathan Sexton during a press conference. Leinster Rugby, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Leinster's Jonathan Sexton during a press conference. Leinster Rugby, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster have been handed a much needed injury boost ahead of this weekend's crucial Champions Cup clash with the news that Ben Te'o, Rhys Ruddock and Luke Fitzgerald should be available

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The trio took a full part in training today but Leo Cullen will have to wait until later this week to see if Isa Nacewa (knee) and Rob Kearney (hamstring) will be available after they were forced to sit-out training again.

Sean O'Brien, Richardt Strauss and Mike McCarthy all suffered concussion in the 33-6 defeat to Wasps on Sunday and are following return to play protocols. A decision on their inclusion or otherwise will be made on Friday morning, prior to the team announcement.

Speaking at a press conference today, Jonathan Sexton called for a massive improvement from the abysmal showing at the RDS at the weekend.

"Not a great day, we've got to move on now. It's a short turnaround to Bath and already our championship hangs on this game and we've got to show a reaction," he said.

"We've got to be better with the ball, we've got to show everything we didn't show this week.

"We're trying to work in a new structure at the moment and it's a good structure to play in, it allows you get on the ball and make decisions but there are parts of that structure that broke down badly at the weekend and that need to be a hell of a lot better.

"There is parts of our structural play that need to improve but other parts like winning 50-50s and winning collisions, I suppose they are the parts that are unacceptable that you can't turn up to a rugby match and not win them."

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