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Tough calls for Schmidt to dwell on

LEINSTER will welcome back some of their international contingent for the game against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Joe Schmidt will have his work cut out as many of his young guns produced some excellent displays in the interim but, to be fair, he has always managed his squad well.

One suspects that the Rob Kearney/Isa Nacewa predicament is coming around the corner, but with a full deck likely to return for the Munster game in a week's time, I'm sure he would rather have the headache of having too many players available rather than having to cover areas lacking in strength in depth.

Leinster made an excellent comeback against Connacht a couple of weeks ago, and the squad was beginning to get itself onto a bit of a roll.

One hopes that the break has been more of a help than a hindrance in that regard.

The team will certainly have to generate their own atmosphere in a largely vacant stadium and, as the game is being held close to Halloween, expect a few tumbleweeds to roll across your television set.

Playing in Edinburgh is always a tough assignment, but it should hold no fear for a Leinster squad getting back to full strength.