Monday 17 June 2019

Good news on Jack Conan and Dan Leavy as Leinster prepare for block of games without their big guns

Backs coach Felipe Contepomi during a Leinster Rugby press conference at Leinster Rugby Headquarters in UCD, Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Backs coach Felipe Contepomi during a Leinster Rugby press conference at Leinster Rugby Headquarters in UCD, Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster are hopeful Jack Conan will be fit enough to resume training with Ireland next week as he continues to recover from a shoulder problem which forced him into an eleventh hour withdrawal from Sunday's Champions Cup defeat of Wasps.

He will not be in a position to play against Scarlets this Friday but instead will be closely monitored by Leinster medical staff after missing Ireland's brief training stint in Portugal this week.

Flanker Dan Leavy is in line to return from a calf injury in the RDS as he seeks to battle his way back into Joe Schmidt's Six Nations title defence plans.

Leinster will also be without winger Adam Byrne, a late call-up to the Irish squad, and out-half Ross Byrne, who is undergoing return to play protocols which will allow young Ciaran Frawley to start.

“We are hoping to finish this block on a high because then it will be a tricky time for us when we have lots of players away,” says Leinster assistant coach Felipe Contepomi.

“There is a long time until our Champions Cup quarter-final so we will see how things resolve by then because the Irish national team is in a very good place.

“Our main objective was to qualify and get a quarter-final and we are pleased we got what we wanted.

“Whoever we play will be well prepared, whether it was Ulster or Toulouse. It's up to us to keep improving.

“A Champions Cup quarter-final stage has eight teams and there is not much between the sides.”

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