Fardy or Lowe to miss out
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.”