Saturday 21 July 2018

Leinster's Sean O'Brien to sit out Champions Cup opener against Montpellier but there is better news for Isa Nacewa

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Isa Nacewa, left, and Sean O'Brien of Leinster
Isa Nacewa, left, and Sean O'Brien of Leinster

Des Berry

It looks like Leinster have lost Sean O'Brien and gained Isa Nacewa for The Champions Cup opener at home to Montpellier in The Champions Cup at The RDS tomorrow (KO 1.0).

It is understood the British and Irish Lions flanker has not been able to completely shake-off a calf injury.

The stamp which occurred against Edinburgh last Friday week led to what a Leinster statement labelled 'awareness in his calf' last week.

The progress back to full fitness has been slower than O'Brien would have wanted.

The Tullow Tank has not been able to convince coach Leo Cullen and the medical staff that he is good enough-to-go. 

In contrast, it looks like the ageless Isa Nacewa has beaten the clock in his fight to overcome a calf strain.

The 35 year-old was considered extremely doubtful as he battled back from the injury that caused his removal in the first-half of their League match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. 

Against the odds, the former Auckland Blues mental skills coach has worked his way back to bolster an inexperienced backline.

The Leinster side to play Montpellier will be announced around lunchtime today.

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