Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kearney and Leinster 'know nothing' about IRFU's South Africa plans

David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster and Rob Kearney are in the dark over suggestions from the Irish management that the recuperating full-back may continue his recovery from injury with the Stormers in South Africa.

"We actually know nothing about that in Leinster and Rob knows nothing about that either," declared Leinster assistant coach Richie Murphy.

"So I can't give you any information. Maybe the IRFU have some background on it but we don't have any information on that at the moment."

Kearney trained with Leinster yesterday but will not be available for Saturday's Magners League final against Munster in Thomond Park.

Asked would he be surprised at a short-term move by Kearney to South Africa, Murphy replied: "Again I don't know. I was surprised to read it in the paper. We just don't have any information on it so I can't really comment on it."

An IRFU spokesman said: "Rob has already been given the all-clear by the medical teams to resume full training and the current plan is to continue with a fitness programme to put him in a position to play some games in mid-July.

"We are currently investigating options for games in that period but nothing has been agreed at this point.

"There are no other injured players being considered for game time during this period as they are not in the same position as Rob in terms of injury and their rehabilitation."

Brian O'Driscoll will be fit for Saturday's Magners League final after suffering no further aggravation to his knee injury, but Isaac Boss (hamstring) and Gordon D'Arcy (ankle ligaments) are doubts.

Sean O'Brien and Nathan Hines also sat out yesterday's training session as a precaution as Leinster seek to become the fourth European club to pull off a domestic league and European Cup double.

Irish Independent

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