ITOJE’S A DOUBT FOR ROSE VISIT TO DUBLIN

Sara­cens v Cardiff Pool 3, Al­lianz Park, Tom. 1pm

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - LEINSTER CLUB SFC FINAL - BY ALEX SPINK

MARO ITOJE faces a race against time to be fit for Eng­land’s Six Na­tions show­down with Ire­land af­ter chip­ping his kneecap.

The Sara­cens lock (left) suf­fered the in­jury against Aus­tralia but only learned of the dam­age af­ter his knee swelled up fol­low­ing last week’s win over Wasps. Nick Isiekwe takes his place at home to Pool 3 ri­vals Cardiff to­mor­row where Sar­ries look to ex­tend their un­beaten start to the sea­son. Mako Vu­nipola makes his first start since strain­ing his calf in the open­ing round of Cham­pi­ons Cup matches but Ge­orge Kruis must wait for next week’s re­turn in Wales.

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