No fresh injury worries for Munster ahead of Leinster clash
Published 01/11/2011 | 15:15
MUNSTER have no fresh injury concerns heading into Munster’s meeting with Leinster in the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.
Tomas O'Leary - who failed to make Ireland's World Cup squad - and Peter O'Mahony picked up knocks in Friday's game against Aironi, but both will train this week and will be in consideration when McGahan decides on his team.
Jerry Flannery had a positive diagnosis after his trip to see a specialist in Germany last week but there is no definite timeframe for a return to full training.
David Wallace, Felix Jones, Mike Sherry, Peter Borlase and Troy Smith are also unavailable through injury.
Friday's game will be just the second of Munster's season for many of the players, including Paul O'Connell, who was happy to get back into the Munster jersey.
Says O'Connell: "I enjoyed the game. Our scrum was excellent against Aironi. On nights like that a strong scrum is of massive importance."
"All things considered I think it was a good performance. We really need to start building relationships with each other again, and getting used to playing with each other.
"I've rarely if ever played with Peter (O'Mahony), obviously never played with BJ. That was Will's (Chambers) first game with the senior side. First time Danny Barnes played at inside centre. There are a lot of combinations there that are new.
"So we really need to get to know each other quickly. To get all the guys off the bench and finish the game in their half pummeling them was good for us."
But he has no doubts about the talent at Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has at his disposal.
“It’s probably the highest level you can go in Europe at the moment.''