Some Leinster players may face a 12-month season but Leo Cullen feels his squad are well-placed to deal with a busy calendar.

The Guinness Pro14 resumes for the holders when they take on Munster behind closed doors at the Aviva on 22 August.

That starts a schedule which includes a Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens, which could lead to two more games to see out the 2019-2020 tournament. 

The sizeable Irish contingent in the squad would then be involved in two Six Nations games, followed by the November-December international window, which encompasses four Tests.

And at the end of next season's club competitions the Lions third Test, against world champions South Africa, takes place on 7 August. 

A handful of Leinster players can reasonably expect to be involved in that game but Cullen believes that Ireland player-management system will protect those who get the call on all three fronts.

"We have had a good break," Cullen, speaking at an Aviva and AsIAm event, told RTÉ Sport of the 177-day break between games for his side.

"If we lose a couple of these games then we’re not in the play-offs so you get breaks you don’t really want.

"In terms of the conversations with the national coaches, that gets managed very well in this country, and that’s a huge that this country has over other countries.

"The dialogue is very positive, we both want what’s best for the players.

"The players get a couple of weeks off at Christmas. We use different windows at various different stages of the year. There are lots of breaks within the season

"It is competitive so we’ll rotate, chop and change a little bit as well. It looks potentially daunting but it’s hugely exciting as well."