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Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi has brushed off the suggestion that his side may struggle to regain the momentum they had built up before Covid-19 forced rugby to shut down.

Prior to the enforced break, Leinster had racked up 21 wins on the bounce, which had them eyeing a European and domestic double.

Every team faces the same challenges in trying to pick themselves up and go again for the proposed PRO14 restart on the weekend of August 22, and although Leinster's rivals will see it as an opportunity to catch them cold, Contepomi painted the picture of a hugely motivated squad who are relishing the chance to return to action.

Leinster are currently in their third week of limited training since government restrictions were lifted. The squad will take two-weeks off from this weekend before returning to their UCD base on July 27, when they hope to really ramp up preparations for the showdown with Munster, which is set to take place behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium on August 22.

"We'd like to think we'll come back stronger from this time," Contepomi said.

"I know momentum is very important in sport but it's about trying to get back that momentum.

"It's not something that was coincidental, we've been working and building up for the last few years to get that momentum and that type of game we're playing. Hopefully we can continue that when we get back to playing. We need to get back to that momentum, so it's a challenge, yes, but a welcome challenge."