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Healy unlikely to make Champions cut for Wasps


Cian Healy

Cian Healy

Cian Healy

Newsflash! Leinster have no new injuries.

Captain Jamie Heaslip will be alright to resume his role despite being called ashore against Castres to nurse his shoulder problem.

There is even a remote possibility that Cian Healy could become available for the decisive Champions Cup match against Wasps in Coventry on Saturday.

At the moment, Leinster have not registered Healy, fighting back from a serious hamstring injury, for the competition. They do have the leeway to deregister one player, most likely Jamie Hagan, and reinstate Healy in his place.

This is a decision that has to be taken by midday today.

The likelihood is that Healy will not be included as he has played no rugby since September and Hagan has fared well out of playing on the loose-head side of the scrum.

"Some of our play was a lot better than it has been," said assistant coach Richie Murphy, not discounting what happened against a callow Castres at The RDS.

"There were still a few mistakes, a lot of handling errors and turnovers created by ourselves, so still plenty of things we need to work on."

It would come as no surprise to see Leinster review Wasps against Harlequins and rein in their natural inclination to play with out-and-out tempo.

Director of Rugby Dai Young wanted 'Quins to go for broke. That is what happened and Wasps fed off the mistakes they forced from relentless defence.

"It's going to be a massive issue in our game, to not give them too many opportunities," said Murphy.

"They're dangerous off turnover ball and they score a lot of their tries from those areas."