Thursday 13 December 2018

James Lowe could miss out on Champions Cup selection for Leinster


James Lowe
James Lowe
James Lowe in action during training at Energia Park this week. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's James Lowe. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

James Lowe could miss out on selection for the Champions Cup final if Leinster decide there is any doubt over Luke McGrath's fitness after training today.

The scrum-half will undergo further testing on his ankle in order to determine the risk and it looks likely that Leo Cullen will start him and pick Jamison Gibson-Park on the bench as cover in case his first-choice scrum-half has any issues.

Under tournament rules, the Leinster coach can only pick two of his 'non-European' stars in a match-day 23 and with Australian Scott Fardy an automatic selection in the pack it is one of his New Zealand backs who will miss out.

Lowe got the nod for the quarter-final win over Saracens, but missed the semi-final victory over Scarlets because McGrath was out and Gibson-Park started.

Fergus McFadden and Isa Nacewa got the nod on the wing for that game, but with McFadden now out for the season Jordan Larmour is primed to start in Lowe's place, with Rory O'Loughlin tipped for a bench spot.

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