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Madigan returns for Ospreys challenge

LEINSTER Skills and Kicking coach Richie Murphy has revealed Ian Madigan "will more than likely come back into the 10 channel" against the Ospreys in the PRO12 League in Swansea on Sunday.

Madigan will have little or no time to dwell on his exclusion from the Ireland November squad as Leinster contemplate how to beat a club they could not on three occasions last season, including the memorable PRO12 final at the RDS.

"Ian is playing well. We're delighted to still have him this week. He can't be too far away (from Ireland). As long as he keeps playing well and doing the right things, he puts himself in the shop window," said Murphy.

There was a decidedly giddy spring in the step of coach Joe Schmidt yesterday -- there usually is -- as Leinster training made up for the loss of internationals with the return of a host of club regulars.

Sean O'Brien arrived by bicycle; Luke Fitzgerald on foot to begin their assimilation back into the squad: "They should be back towards the end of November," said Murphy.

Centre Eoin O'Malley could feature against the Ospreys as could new arrival Andrew Goodman, a versatile centre or fly-half, match fit from his exertions for Tasman in the New Zealand ITC Cup.

Michael Bent, the other New Zealand import, may even be released from Ireland training back into club action to contest the tight-head slot with one of the men he has queue-jumped -- Jamie Hagan.

Hooker Sean Cronin is another who might be released by Ireland coach Declan Kidney. Back Rower Rhys Ruddock came through in fine fettle from his cameo against Cardiff Blues.


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