Sean Cronin is ahead of schedule on his recovery. The Hooker suffered a serious hamstring tear in a Pro 12 game against Zebre on January 6th.
The initial prognosis was 12-14 weeks, but Cronin is on course to be ready for the Champions Cup quarter-final with Wasps on April 1st.
Cronin is making steady progress, and is hoping to be back from the middle of March:
“It’s going really well, really really well. Fingers crossed at the moment I’m pushing onto stuff they thought I’d be doing two weeks down the line doing.
“I might shave a couple of weeks of that 12-14 week timeframe; hopefully I could be back in contention earlier than I thought.
“It’s such a highly competitive squad I’m going to have to try and get my body right and get back there and play some good rugby to get in ahead of the lads.”
Cronin is targeting a mid March return to action.
The hooker did serious damage to his hamstring and is currently out of action. It's hoped he'll be fit in time for Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final on April 1st.
"That's the plan, that is the big carrot that I have is to get back. It would be great for me to get back and involved but I'd say I have to get a game under my belt or two maybe to try and prove myself to the coaches.
"They're not going to putting lads back in willy-nilly you got to come back and play some good rugby like the lads have been doing, they've been motoring quite well without me so it's going to be tough."
Sean Cronin launched the Vodafone #TeamOfUs Bus competition today. Vodafone is giving 16 lucky people a #TeamOfUs experience with tickets for Ireland v England in Aviva Stadium and the opportunity to travel to the game in style on the #TeamOfUs Bus with Ireland players Jordi Murphy and Sean Cronin.