Blues Welcome Back Raging Bull
Byline: JONATHAN COATES
SEAN O'BRIEN could bring fresh impetus to Leinster's flagging Rabodirect PRO12 campaign by returning to the back row on Friday night in Glasgow. Although there remains another session to be negotiated tomorrow, the Ireland flanker took a full part in training yesterday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in June and is the closest of all Joe Schmidt's injured players to making a competitive return. 'We certainly hope he is involved at the weekend but as he hasn't done much pitch time, it's important to see how he reacts to Monday and Wednesday,' warned team manager Guy Easterby.
'The one thing with someone like him who has obviously been out for a long time, unless we are 100 per cent sure that he is right for the game it would be crazy to jeopardise what has been a really strong recovery by him.' Leinster announced that ticket sales for the home Heineken Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne on December 15 at Aviva Stadium have passed the 33,000 mark, and things are coming together nicely on the personnel front too.
Friday's visit to the Warriors is followed by a home fixture against Zebre eight days later, and Leinster expect to have the quartet of Eoin O'Malley, Isa Nacewa, Luke Fitzgerald and Dominic Ryan, as well as O'Brien, back in harness by then. …