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O'Kelly unable to save Blues

MALCOLM O'KELLY returned to competitive rugby over the weekend when the 92-time capped Ireland and Lions second-row lined out for Leinster in the British and Irish Cup against Bedford on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the 36-year-old was unable to prevent Leinster exiting the competition as their understrength side were easily beaten 50-15 -- and his runout was on an emergency basis and not part of a comeback plan.

"Ed O'Donoghue was ruled out on the morning of the game, so Malcolm stepped in," said a Leinster spokesperson. "Malcolm is manager of the side so he knew the procedures and the calls.

"Fortunately, unlike some of our other former players, Malcolm did not retire due to injury."

Bedford, who featured former Leinster player Brendan Burke in the centre, benefited from a four-try haul from winger Handre Schmidt, while Canadian international James Pritchard was on hand to kick 20 points.

Leinster's points came from two tries by Old Belvedere No8 Leo Auva'a, and a penalty and one conversion from Ian Madigan.