Two days ago, Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster gave an update on the walking wounded in his squad.
Had it been a weather forecast it would have painted a picture of sunny skies, with the prospect of more good weather around the corner.
So not only is Dan Leavy doing well on his comeback trail from the horrendous and complicated injury he suffered in the European quarter-final against Ulster last year, but Jack Conan is on target to travel with the squad for their South African games on the last two weekends of March.
In the first place this is further testament to Leavy's perseverance. And in the second it's a reminder than Conan – whose thunder has been stolen by Caelan Doris and Max Deegan – hasn't gone away.
Lancaster would make the point that competition is the ultimate antidote for complacency. In which case the lazy bug hasn't a chance of survival anywhere near his squad.
Leinster's back row roster currently includes three international number eights, plus Rhys Ruddock who could shift across from six without having to reinvent himself.
Throw in Will Connors, Josh van der Flier and Scott Penny, with Scott Fardy and Josh Murphy able to play second and back row, and the challenge becomes not one of motivation, but retention.
It would be a stretch to claim that IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora and the lads in Leinster are on the same page.
In theory they have areas in common, but it's the other stuff that causes friction.
When Nucifora got started in this country he had Sevens at the top of his agenda, to use it as a tool for recruiting players to the short and long games, and to become good enough at Sevens internationally to feature on the top circuit.
He has been effective.
This policy created some conflict with the provincial sides who don't give a toss about Sevens. It's nothing compared to the friction over his plans to optimise the spread of talent across the four squads.
Mostly this means redirecting players from Leinster.
If you are in the business of sandbagging titles then sharing your players with others isn't very appealing. In a centralised system like ours, however, it's hard to withstand the top-down pressure. Particularly if there is an international element.
That was the biggest factor in Joey Carbery leaving for Munster.
In short, Joe Schmidt needed cover for Johnny Sexton with Ireland, and if Leinster weren't playing Carbery at 10 then he needed to move.
So Carbery packed his bags. And it has worked out well. It was notable how enthusiastic he was for all things Munster as soon as he parked up in UL.
There was no refugee vibe. He was delighted to be a part of the operation, and very soon was getting lots of time at 10.
The injury saga that has plagued Carbery doesn't detract from it being a move that suited all parties - bar Leinster who hated the pressure and wanted to keep him.
The move north for Jordi Murphy two years ago has been less successful. That too had an Ireland element in that it suited Schmidt, who was trying to deepen his squad ahead of the Japan World Cup.
But Murphy was already being squeezed in Leinster so Schmidt would have been pushing an open door.
The situation with Leinster’s current back rowers is different again. Doris and Deegan are making the headlines now because it's unusual to have two debutants in the same position in back-to-back rounds of a Six Nations.
Both are contracted to Leinster next season. Even if they weren't, why would they not look for extensions? At this remove they would fancy their chances of picking up a European or Pro 14 medal this season. Maybe both.
They are comfortable where they are. Already they have crossed the threshold into a national squad and already it is delivering game time.
So while Nucifora and Leinster CEO Mick Dawson may not be besties on the same dinner-party circuit their already strained relationship is unlikely to worsen over Doris and Deegan.
That battleground could be elsewhere. For example when Nucifora is doing his depth chart he might figure it better to have Jack O'Donoghue and either Scott Penny or Will Connors battling in Munster.
Certainly it would if Chris Cloete wasn't on Munster's books. The South African is in that limbo zone: not eligible for Ireland and not a big enough influence for Munster to make him high value in the way Marcel Coetzee is to Ulster and Scott Fardy is to Leinster.
The problem is you can't ask Munster to make a play for one of the Leinster lads if they're still picking up the tab on Cloete, and will be for another year.
Meanwhile, Leinster are hoping their Hawaiian prop Roman Salanoa stays put. He is part of the Leinster Academy though it's not altogether clear if they or the IRFU are paying the bill on this one.
Either way, Connacht are very keen, and have put their best foot forward. You can imagine what Nucifora might be whispering in his ear: "Go West young man."
Salanoa has a lot to weigh up: game time; the quality of that experience; the financial package; and the colour of his personal life in Galway; the chances of winning something there. Or stay put in a proven winning environment and hope for a break in the weather.
The way Stuart Lancaster reads those forecasts might take a while.
In the meantime, Leinster say they are happy to grapple with market forces, but resent that market being shaped by Lansdowne Road.
It's a micro climate that doesn't look like changing.