Thursday 21 February 2019

McGrath to miss crunch Euro games as Leinster opt against appeal

There was dismay within the club that the ban, dished out for a stamp on Rory Best against Ulster earlier this month, was excessive and also did not take into account other incidents that were not dealt with in the game.
There was dismay within the club that the ban, dished out for a stamp on Rory Best against Ulster earlier this month, was excessive and also did not take into account other incidents that were not dealt with in the game.
David Kelly

David Kelly

LEINSTER will be without their two first-choice loosehead props for this weekend's Champions Cup visit of Castres after deciding not to appeal Jack McGrath's three-week ban for stamping.

The three-time champions are already resigned to once again being without the injured Cian Healy and were eager to attempt to free McGrath, but their lawyers were pivotal in deciding to abandon the attempt.

There was dismay within the club that the ban, dished out for a stamp on Rory Best against Ulster earlier this month, was excessive and also did not take into account other incidents that were not dealt with in the game.

However, mindful that occasionally bans can be lengthened in the case of an unsuccessful appeal, Leinster decided that discretion was the better part of valour.

"After considering all the options and taking considerable advice, including legal, Leinster Rugby have this afternoon confirmed that they will not be appealing the decision," said a statement last night.

"The matter is now at an end and Leinster will be making no further comment in relation to this matter."

Healy has received encouraging news in his rehabilitation from hamstring surgery but Leinster will not be keen to risk him this week, particularly with a visit to Wasps looming.

Meanwhile, Saracens lock George Kruis has received a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle and will thus miss Saturday's Champions Cup visit of Munster.

Irish Independent

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