Wednesday 18 October 2017

Fitzgerald and Reddan to prove fitness for Leinster this weekend

Luke Fitzgerald will hope to prove his fitness after missing the opening two Six Nations victories.
Luke Fitzgerald will hope to prove his fitness after missing the opening two Six Nations victories.

Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin Reddan will get a chance to prove their fitness for Leinster this weekend after missing out on the opening Six Nations games.

The duo were part of Joe Schmidt’s initial squad but injury has put paid to their involvement with Dave Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Fergus McFadden getting the nod in the wing slots, while Conor Murray and Isaac Boss have been the scrum-halves.

McFadden is hoping to get 80 minutes under his belt after two replacement appearances for Ireland and he is among a number of fringe internationals to come back into the squad for Friday’s game against the Dragons.

O'Connor is as yet unsure how much involvement the duo will have as he plans without his Ireland starters.

“We’ve had a lot of guys fortunate to be in the international set-up,” coach Matt O’Connor said today. “It is an opportunity for the other guys. Something to concentrate on and they can look on these windows positively.”

McFadden has overcome his hand injury and is looking forward to his involvement on Friday to further his claims to a starting berth

“The Six Nations has gone great, to get two wins under belt is a great start,” McFadden said.

“I want to get game time under my belt, I only have the 80 minutes for the Wolfhounds and 20 minutes off the bench. My hand is feeling much better.

“It’s not nice to be injured, being injured is the poor part of the job. I’ve gotten through it and hopefully get some game time.

“Game time for me is key, feel like I came out of the November series is going well. I had a slowish start to the season with Leinster, I got some momentum in November but that momentum stopped with my broken hand but I want to put my hand up with Leinster now.”

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