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Sunday 22 October 2017

Blues wait on Drico's fitness

Leinster may take a wait and see approach without regard to injured Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll ahead of tomorrow evening's Heineken Cup group match against Saracens at Wembley.

O'Driscoll suffered a hamstring injury during the weekend victory over Racing Metro and the centre will not line out unless he is fully fit.

Leinster skills coach Richie Murphy said: "Brian's recovering well. He's been in rehab all week and there is a chance he will be there. But what's best for us and for Ireland is that if there's a doubt at all -- he'll know that and so will the medical staff -- they'll pull him."

Irish coach Declan Kidney will be hoping the injury is nothing more severe than a strain, with a four-match autumn programme starting with South Africa on November 6, the official opening of the Aviva Stadium.



Thomond a sell out

RUGBY: Munster have sold all the tickets for tomorrow's Heineken Cup clash against Toulon at Thomond Park in a game that will have a bearing on what is expected to be this season's tightest group.

Jonny Wilkinson has been Toulon's match-winner this season, with 149 points in all competitions, and he believes that his move to France last year did not so much prolong his career as save it. "For a long time rugby just meant fighting against injuries and media pressure, the weight of the 2003 and 2007 World Cups," he said. "It wasn't rugby anymore, but maybe just work. I am enjoying my game again with Toulon and I am a different player."

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