Monday 16 September 2019

Leavy's World Cup KO as Toulouse date fixed

Dan Leavy leaves the pitch after picking up an injury. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dan Leavy leaves the pitch after picking up an injury. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Leinster are expected to today confirm that Dan Leavy suffered significant knee ligament damage in Saturday's win over Ulster and the flanker is in grave danger of missing Ireland's World Cup campaign as a result.

The 24-year-old missed the Six Nations with an unrelated issue, but was expected to play a leading role for Joe Schmidt's side in Japan until he went down in agony during the Champions Cup quarter-final 11 minutes after replacing Seán O'Brien.

"Dan has had a bad injury. I don't want to get into too much detail. He will be out for a while. We will get it assessed and take it from there," Leo Cullen said. "It's a tough one for Dan."

Cullen will have to cope without Leavy and Josh van der Flier for the remainder of Leinster's campaign.

They will welcome Toulouse to the Aviva Stadium on Easter Sunday (April 21) in the second of the two Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals.

The game will kick off at 3.15pm and will be broadcast free to air on Virgin Media One and Channel 4, as well as being carried by BT Sport.

Munster's quarter-final clash against Saracens will take place 24 hours earlier at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. That game will also kick-off at 3.15pm and will be broadcast on BT Sport.

Toulouse booked their place by beating Racing 92 (22-21) at the La Defense Arena yesterday and will return to Dublin in the third meeting between the sides this season. Toulouse pulled off a shock win at home, but Leinster earned a comprehensive victory in the return fixture.

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