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Matt O'Connor: Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien were in the mix to play

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Matt O'Connor's Leinster side scored seven tries against Castres

Matt O'Connor's Leinster side scored seven tries against Castres

Matt O'Connor's Leinster side scored seven tries against Castres

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has said that Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien were genuinely in the mix to feature against Wasps this weekend but he is unsure of their future playing plans.

"They need to get some rugby down the track but I don't know when that could be but they were in with a shout this weekend, for sure," he said.

"Experience is going to be important. We've tough decisions to make, especially at tight-head where we have three good players. We'll wait and see. It's hard to change a winning team but it could be easy."

O'Connor says his side will not bear the burden of being the only Irish province with a chance to reach the last eight of the Champions Cup this weekend.

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Leinster's Cian Healy is available for selection again after recovering from surgery on his hamstring. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Cian Healy is available for selection again after recovering from surgery on his hamstring. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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Leinster's Cian Healy is available for selection again after recovering from surgery on his hamstring. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

"I didn't know we were! We're only interested in our own environment, we're just focused on ourselves and putting out a positive performance.

"It's in our own hands, Wasps winning was he preferred result so we can control what we do. If we win we are in a quarter-final. Wasps are playing very well in Coventry and we will need to be accurate.

"They are very good defensively, their back-row is abrasive and we need to nullify heir ability to snaffle the ball and try to play on our terms.

Captain Jamie Heaslip is looking forward to an Anglo-Irish tussle which could more than likely offer Leinster a home quarter-final should they prevail in Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

"One of he physios asked me was I looking forward to the game and I said "Yeah! These are the games you want when everything is on the line. It's winners take all and that's the way we like it."

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