Tadhg Furlong has moved a step closer to a return for Leinster with the province confirming that the prop is to increase his training load this week.

Earlier, the Wexford man was named in Ireland's 36-man Six Nations squad by coach Andy Farrell, despite having last played against England in Twickenham almost a year ago.

He injured his back in that defeat and has suffered set backs since, most recently to his calf.

Johnny Sexton will need further assessment after coming off against Munster at the weekend, as will James Lowe (groin), also named in the Six Nations squad, and Michael Bent (neck).

Dave Kearney and Dan Leavy are both back in full training mode this week after missing the victory at Thomond Park with minor issues, while a hamstring injury will rule Jimmy O'Brien out of this weekend's Guinness Pro14 trip to play Scarlets on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Rory O'Loughlin (shoulder), Scott Penny (neck), Conor O’Brien (knee), Tommy O’Brien (ankle), Max Deegan (knee), Vakh Abdaladze (back) and Adam Byrne (hamstring) all remain on the long-term injury list for the eastern province.

The Pro14 today confirmed the remaining fixtures in the competition, with the final round of interpros set to take place on the weekend of 5/6 March. 

Conference B leaders Munster will host Connacht on Friday 5 and Leinster host A table-toppers Ulster on Saturday 6 in what look likely to be decisive fixtures in the race for the spots in the 27 March final.

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