FLY-HALF Jonathan Sexton is one of a host of Ireland internationals available to coach Joe Schmidt for Leinster's first PRO12 League match in three weeks at Edinburgh on Friday night.
Scrum-halfs Isaac Boss and Eoin Reddan, hooker Sean Cronin, captain Leo Cullen, flanker Shane Jennings and centre Fergus McFadden will all be eager to stake their claims ahead of the league match against Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Friday week and the Heineken Cup opener away to Montpellier eight days later.
Boss, for one, is not interested in dwelling on the recent past. He shouldn't. He was demoted from second to third choice Ireland scrum-half over the course of the World Cup and looked on in relative disinterest as his native New Zealand raised the William Webb Ellis Trophy.
"Well, we (Ireland) weren't involved. So, I didn't really have a preference. You move on pretty quickly in this game.
"France could have won it. They had opportunities towards the end," he said.
"If there is one team that could lose two pool matches and go through to win it, it would probably be France. Once they are underestimated, that is what they love."
Boss was limited to a single start for Ireland's interpretation of "The Dirt Trackers" against Russia in their World Cup pool. Even then, he was restricted to 67 minutes before his Leinster club-mate Reddan was pressed into service.
In reality, Boss's season starts now as Leinster return to their bread-and-butter work in the PRO12 League, where they have replaced one win in their three opening matches with three out of three to move into third.
"Myself, I haven't had a lot of rugby so far. Fingers crossed, I might get some time this week," he said.
"As a rugby player, you always look forward to your next match, especially with the way it ended for me -- not getting a lot of time out there (in New Zealand)."
Edinburgh at Murrayfield is no walk in the park, even though the Scottish club are second-from-bottom of the PRO12 League. Boss is careful not to look around the next corner.
"Yeah, obviously you are aware of it. We know they are there. You can't go thinking too far ahead.
"Myself, Redser (Eoin Reddan), (John) Cooney and Cillian (Willis) because you are going to put yourself out of the frame.
"We've got a big game this weekend, followed by a couple of bigger games. We are going from one big occasion to another. Our season has really just begun".