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Sunday 20 April 2014

Sexton set to lose Wasps fitness fight

Jonathan Sexton

LEINSTER are expecting to face Wasps in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final without the totemic presence of both Brian O'Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton.

O'Driscoll will not be appealing his three-week suspension for stamping during Ireland's Six Nations game against England, while Leinster assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that the Wasps game will probably be a week too early for Sexton (right).

The Racing Metro-bound out-half tore a tendon in his foot training with Ireland in the build-up to the final game of the championship against Italy.

"Jonathan is out of the medical boot and progressing well," said Murphy. "It is possible that he could be available for the Wasps game, but it is a long shot."

O'Driscoll's decision not to appeal his suspension means that he is out of action until three days after Leinster's European game. He will, however, be available for the semi-final if they progress and will also be available for the latter stages of Leinster's Pro12 title push.

In Sexton's continued absence, Ian Madigan will run the line against Ulster in tomorrow night's inter-provincial clash with Ulster when he is likely to come up against his international competition in Paddy Jackson.

Munster's flight to Glasgow for tonight's game against Glasgow Warriors was delayed by almost four hours because of a technical fault with the plane. They eventually took off yesterday evening. Munster are still chasing a position in the top four of the Pro12.

Meanwhile, the southern province are now expected to wait until the end of the season before announcing whether their new central base will be in Cork or Limerick.

Munster are understood to be in receipt of the recommendation made by the committee set up to work through the logistics of each proposed venue, but a final decision has yet to be made public.

It is believed that the three tenders up for consideration were from the Cork Institute of Technology, where the Cork training base is, University of Limerick, where the Limerick-based players train and the Limerick Institute of Technology.

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