Sean O’Brien could be starting for Leinster against Castres this weekend.
Leinster are riding the crest of a wave after a dominant win over arch-rivals Munster on Saturday. The eastern province face into their Champions Cup opener at home to Castres this weekend filled with confidence that they can improve on a disastrous campaign last season.
Leo Cullen has more good news, as Sean O’Brien is set to return. The Tullow Tank will enter the fray at the right time, as the season gathers pace for both Leinster and Ireland.
Leinster assistant coach Girvan Dempsey gave an update on O’Brien’s fitness today.
“I think it will really depend on training today and tomorrow.
“I think if he gets through those and gets through a bit of contact and a few more markers he has to hit, I think he’ll be available.
“We’re fortunate that he’s coming back into a strong back row where there’s real healthy competition. He’ll have to fight for his place to get back in there but it’s a great place to be.
“He’s chomping at the bit and he’s been very influential while he has been off the field.”
However, the Carlow native may struggle to break into the Leinster team immediately, with Rhys Ruddock, Josh Van Der Flier, Jamie Heaslip, Jordi Murphy, Dan Leavy and Dominic Ryan all in contention for starting berths.
Quotes via The Irish Examiner.