No visas, no play­ing

Business Day - - SPORT - Craig Ray Cape Town

PRO14 rugby en­coun­tered an un­usual teething prob­lem when two Le­in­ster play­ers were turned away from OR Tambo air­port on Wed­nes­day for fail­ing to pro­duce visas.

New Zealan­ders Isa Nacewa‚ who cap­tains Le­in­ster‚ and scrumhalf Jami­son Gib­son-Park were de­nied en­try to SA.

New Zealand cit­i­zens need visas to en­ter SA af­ter a change in leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced in Jan­uary this year.

In a terse state­ment, the club said: “Le­in­ster Rugby can con­firm that both Jami­son Gib­son-Park and Isa Nacewa have not been granted a visa and will re­turn to Dublin.

“Nick Mc­Carthy has been called up to the tour­ing squad as a re­sult and will ar­rive to­mor­row [Thurs­day].

“Le­in­ster Rugby will be mak­ing no fur­ther com­ment on this mat­ter.”

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