Visa drama for Le­in­ster

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TWO play­ers from Ir­ish club Le­in­ster, trav­el­ling to South Africa for their first PRO14 match in the coun­try, were re­fused en­try be­cause they did not have the re­quired visa, the club said yes­ter­day.

Le­in­ster cap­tain Isa Nacewa and scrumhalf Jami­son Gib­son-Park were both sent home on ar­rival on Wed­nes­day be­cause they did not have the visa, which South Africa has re­quired of New Zealand cit­i­zens since Jan­uary.

“It was only brought to our at­ten­tion upon land­ing into Jo­han­nes­burg on Wed­nes­day morn­ing that this was now a re­quire­ment,” said the club’s Head of Rugby Op­er­a­tions Guy Easterby.

“This was clearly an ad­min­is­tra­tive over­sight on our part and a valu­able les­son has been learned.”

Le­in­ster will com­pete in the first PRO14 match in South Africa when they meet the South­ern Kings at the Nelson Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth to­mor­row.

Later to­mor­row, the Chee­tahs host Ze­bre of Italy in Bloem­fontein in their first home match.

Le­in­ster face the Chee­tahs on Septem­ber 22. – Reuters

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