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Brian O'Driscoll back in full training while Leinster's front row concerns subside

The eastern province has issued a clean bill of health ahead of the Toulon clash.

O'Driscoll and D'Arcy are in good shape ahead of the weekend.
O'Driscoll and D'Arcy are in good shape ahead of the weekend.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL TOOK a full part in Leinster’s squad training session in UCD today, as the province prepares for their away clash against Toulon in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Also returning to full training this afternoon were Eoin Reddan, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney and Rhys Ruddock, as the health of Matt O’Connor’s squad took a notable turn for the better.

There was further good news in the sight of props Cian Healy, Jack McGrath and Martin Moore – who all missed the clash with Munster last weekend through respective ankle, shoulder and unspecified injuries – enjoying an unrestricted session.

O’Driscoll sustained a “bang on the neck” in last weekend’s inter-provincial derby, with O’Connor firmly denying the possibility that the outside centre had suffered a head injury. His full fitness will be essential against the power of Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud.

Kearney [unspecified] and Ruddock [calf] were also absent from the victory over Munster, but both Ireland internationals come into the frame for selection against Toulon. Leinster will name their starting team on Friday afternoon.

For their part, Toulon look set to be without Chris Masoe [knee], Bakkies Botha [forearm] and Andrew Sheridan [neck] when they welcome their Irish opponents to the south of France.

Jonny Wilkinson [thigh], Craig Burden [shoulder], Martin Castrogiovanni [ribs] have also suffered injury recently, although they are believed to have a greater chance of recovery at this stage.

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