Tadhg Beirne and Keith Earls gave Munster another boost ahead of their Pro14 return against Leinster next month, though new signing Damian de Allende is still a bit away from full training.

The province get back to competitive action with an Aviva Stadium derby against their old rivals on Saturday, 22 August. 

Munster were back at the High Performance Centre in Limerick today to start the final block of their prep, with Beirne and Earls both part of the group having previously been hindered with ankle and calf problems respectively. Beirne has been out of action since injuring his ankle against Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup before Christmas.

The team trained for four weeks from 22 June to 17 July before having a rest period. Munster are now entering a four-week training period ahead of the inter-pro double-header with Leinster and then Connacht the following weekend.

Prop John Ryan had a procedure to address a shoulder problem before lockdown, but he's also back in training this week.

Springbok World Cup winner De Allende, who signed for Munster with compatriot RG Snyman last January, is still not ready to go full throttle however as he recovers from a groin injury. Dave Kilcoyne (calf) also has a bit to go before returning.

Calvin Nash is due to undergo a scan on a wrist injury today. Dan Goggin has had surgery on his ankle, while Jean Kleyn, Jeremy Loughman and Fineen Wycherley have sustained thigh injuries and are undergoing rehab.