Thursday 21 February 2019

Blues wait on O'Brien and Henshaw

On way back: Seán O’Brien
On way back: Seán O’Brien

Everything isn't always as it seems.

For instance, SUMO at Leinster is not a visiting Japanese traditional wrestler.

It is one of Stuart Lancaster's acronyms for 'Stand Up and Move On,' meant to define how there is nothing you can do about what you've just done, only what you can do.

"That was Stuart's one. He loves that one," said hooker James Tracy.

"We have already had the review of the Saracens game, what was good and what was bad.

"Then we do our weights session and we're now Zebre focus."

Leinster have the Italians at home in The RDS on Saturday (KO2.0, TG4) and they will have to stand up and move on without knowing whether Seán O'Brien (shoulder) or Jack Conan (knee) will make it to the starting line for the Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets on Saturday fortnight at the Aviva.

There was positive news on the shape of Robbie Henshaw's shoulder as the centre continues to impress the Leinster medical staff with his rate of progression, giving him an outside shot at Scarlets.

In addition, Jordan Larmour's calf issue is clearing up well enough to allow the wing to be scheduled for a return to training next week.

Fit again Rhys Ruddock and Luke McGrath (ankle) will be assessed later in the week.

There is strong competition to make the squad as Grand Slam winners and those in behind them look to impress Leo Cullen and Lancaster.

"Like anyone, you are delighted for your friends for winning but you are jealous and you want to be there from a selfish point of view," stated Tracy.

"You might be worried that the lads would put the feet up after the Grand Slam.

"But, when you finish up, you want to look back at your legacy and maybe even put a star on the jersey.

Champions Cup semi-finals

Sat, April 21: Leinster v Scarlets, Aviva Stadium KO3.30.

Sun, April 22: Racing 92 v Munster, Stade Chaban-Delmas KO3.15 (Irish time).

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