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Horgan focus on Munster for 200th cap

For the statisticians out there, right wing Shane Horgan came through clean after a two-month period on the sidelines with a knee injury. He is in line for his 200th appearance for the province, a testimony to his consistency and durability.

"It is a very nice personal milestone. But, certainly, my focus is on this game. It really does focus the mind more than the 200," said Horgan.

What is ingrained in his psyche are not the personal individual accolades, but the ultimate reward of team achievements, winning a first Magners League final in 2001 against Munster -- "a special day"-- and a second title in 2007-2008 before the play-offs were established -- because "we hadn't won anything for a while".

"The competition has evolved over the years into the high-standard, flagship tournament that it is now. It has been really enjoyable to see it develop and to be part of that," he added.

Flanker Shane Jennings is Leinster's main injury concern ahead of the Magners League clash at Munster's temple of doom, Thomond Park.

Therefore, it is likely coach Joe Schmidt will ask any one of three from Kevin McLaughlin, Rhys Ruddock or Dominic Ryan to play in the back-row with Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip.

Ireland stars Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, O'Brien, Cian Healy, Mike Ross and Eoin Reddan -- he was a late withdrawal from the Dragons match -- are all expected to be involved.