Kane Douglas is the only major absentee as Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor declared he has a strong and healthy squad from which to pick his starting XV for Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium.
O’Connor will be able to field his returning Irish internationals after the title-winning Six Nations campaign, and the Australian said they had provided a new impetus to the squad this week.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, O’Connor said: “The Test boys came back into the environment and trained well and have given us a very positive vibe this week.
“Kane Douglas won’t play, he is still struggling with that hamstring and back issue. The rest of them are alright and trained well.
“The lads have come back in a very positive mental state because of the success they had with Ireland. So the squad are physically in a very good place.”
O’Connor and captain Jamie Heaslip both warned Leinster have formidable opposition in the form of an improved Bath side upon previous seasons.
Heaslip added: “We are up against a very, very good English side competing at the top of the league… They have players who can punish you and we have to take our chances when we get them.”
O’Connor will name his side on Friday and expects there’ll be some disappointed faces among those vying for a spot, with combinations, particularly in the pack, at the forefront of his selection policy.
“There will be some tough decisions and disappointed guys tomorrow when the team is selected,” he said.
“It’s not solely about the individuals but the combinations, especially in the front row.
“We’ll have to roll the dice and hopefully come up with the combinations for Saturday.”