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Saturday 21 April 2018

Fans forced to move over damage to RDS stand

Jordan Larmour scores in front of the RDS Grand Stand Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Jordan Larmour scores in front of the RDS Grand Stand Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

An investigation has been launched into how the flooring at the back of the RDS Grand Stand became damaged in an incident that resulted in 12 fans being moved from their seats during Leinster's win over Ulster on Saturday.

The area was "shut down" by members of An Garda Síochána and the Sword Security firm after their attention was drawn to the issue. Leinster are tenants at the stadium that is awaiting a €26m redevelopment, which will increase the capacity at the venue to 21,000, subject to funding from the Government.

A statement issued by Leinster Rugby following the incident insisted that nobody was injured but that an investigation into the matter has been opened.

"At the Guinness Pro14 game between Leinster Rugby and Ulster Rugby in the RDS Arena there was an issue with the flooring in a single isolated row of seats at the back of block L in the Grand Stand," the statement read.

"As a result, up to 12 patrons were moved from their seats and the area was shut down by members of An Garda Síochána and Sword Security.

"There were no injuries reported at the time and a formal investigation is now under way by the RDS in conjunction with their event safety management contractors Eamon O'Boyle and Associates."

Leinster ran out comfortable 38-7 winners in the Pro14 clash against Ulster, with Jordan Larmour and Fergus McFadden grabbing two tries each in the six-try rout.

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