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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sean O'Brien 'available' for derby game with Connacht while Sexton shows 'no reaction' to hamstring injury

Published 25/10/2016 | 12:39

Johnny Sexton (second from right) looks on during Leinster's defeat in the Champions Cup against Montpellier Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Johnny Sexton (second from right) looks on during Leinster's defeat in the Champions Cup against Montpellier Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sean O'Brien will be available for Leo Cullen to select for this Saturday's clash with Connacht at the RDS, with the flanker needing game time ahead of the upcoming autumn tests.

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O'Brien returned to rugby for the first time since February for Leinster A two weeks ago before getting 40 minutes under his belt against Montpellier in the Champions Cup last Sunday.

The rampaging flanker will be hoping to force his way into Joe Schmidt's plans for the autumn series, although the opening November fixture against the All Blacks in Chicago looks to be too soon for O'Brien.

However, if he comes through the Connacht game on Saturday unscathed and looks close to his old self, there is every chance that O'Brien could be in the frame for selection when the Ireland team returns to Dublin for games against Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

In today's injury release, Leinster confirmed that Rhys Ruddock, Tadhg Furlong and Dave Kearney are still recovering from their injuries, although the wing is unlikely to be involved in the forthcoming Ireland trip to America as he is still at least another week away from fitness.

Johnny Sexton came through his 40 minutes against Montpellier with 'no reaction to the hamstring injury that ruled him out against Castres'.

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