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Friday 9 December 2016

Flanker Shane Jennings all set for final farewell

Shane Jennings
Shane Jennings

Shane Jennings is likely to sign off on his long, distinguished Leinster against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The 33-year-old flanker has recovered fully from a bang to the head, satisfying the return-to-play protocols, to stand in line for his 206th provincial cap.

This will confirm his status as the third most capped Leinster player in behind Gordon D'Arcy (257) and the current forwards coach Leo Cullen (219).

In fact, there are just five players who have broken through the 200-cap barrier with Shane Horgan (203) in fourth and Jamie Heaslip in fifth (201).

It is thought likely D'Arcy will not add to his tally of appearances given how his wife Aoife is expecting a baby imminently.

Otherwise, wing Darragh Fanning will undergo surgery to his wrist for an injury that should keep him out for six weeks, thus not impeding his pre-season at the beginning of July.

Munster will be without their Ireland flanker Tommy O'Donnell, undergoing a scan on his leg, as they face a tie at home to The Dragons.

Prop Dave Kilcoyne is following return-to-play protocols from a concussion sustained in a physical contest against Ulster.

There could be a readymade solution in the possible return of James Cronin from a bruised knee.

Full-back Felix Jones has been cleared to return from a hand injury, despite leaving The Kingspan Stadium in a sling.

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