Fardy or Lowe to miss out

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

Le­in­ster will have to do with­out one of Scott Fardy or James Lowe this week as they make the trip to Bath for the third round of the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup.

With scrum-half Nick Mccarthy un­avail­able due to a foot in­jury suf­fered in last week­end’s Guin­ness PRO14 de­feat of Ospreys, the province’s man­age­ment will have no choice but to start Jami­son Gib­son-park in the num­ber nine jersey.

Tour­na­ment rules dic­tate that only two play­ers from New Zealand and Aus­tralia can fea­ture in any match­day squad. Hence the un­wanted choice be­tween Fardy and Lowe.

Also out is Jack Mcgrath. The Ire­land loose­head prop has had surgery on a hip in­jury and may miss up to six weeks. He joins Mccarthy, Rob­bie Hen­shaw, Sean O’brien, Joe To­mane, and Fer­gus Mcfad­den in sick bay.

Coun­ter­ing that is the progress of Jack Co­nan (shoul­der), Dan Leavy (neck), Jor­dan Lar­mour (knee), and Rory O’lough­lin (knee). O’lough­lin has been deemed avail­able for se­lec­tion. De­ci­sions on the other three will be made later in the week.

All in all, it’s a longer in­jury list than Le­in­ster have been ac­cus­tomed to.

Backs coach Felipe Con­tepomi said. “We have been quite un­lucky with the au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als and picked up a few in­juries. But it’s good that Rory is back. He’ll be in the mix there.”

Bren­dan O’brien

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