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 Robbie Henshaw, Seán O’Brien and Rob Kearney model Leinster’s new kit. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Robbie Henshaw, Seán O’Brien and Rob Kearney model Leinster’s new kit. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It’s an ill wind and all that. Ideally when a team unveil a new jersey it helps if there’s a few injured players to don the kit and thus not disrupt a training week, and so when Canterbury unveiled Leinster’s new European jersey yesterday they had three heavy hitters for the occasion in Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Seán O’Brien.

All are in various stages of rehabilitation from contrasting injuries, although their problems pale in comparison to their 35-year-old former Leinster and Ireland team-mate Nathan White, after it was confirmed yesterday that the Connacht tighthead has been forced to retire due to a concussion injury.

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