Wednesday 22 May 2019

Blow for Leinster as Rhys Ruddock is ruled out of Champions Cup showdown with Toulouse

Rhys Ruddock of Leinster during the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final between Leinster and Ulster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rhys Ruddock of Leinster during the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final between Leinster and Ulster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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Leinster have been dealt a late blow ahead of today's Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse after flanker Rhys Ruddock was ruled out of the game.

The big blindside is regularly selected when Leinster are facing beefy French packs, but the Ireland international has been forced to withdraw from today's game through illness. Former Australian international Scott Fardy is promoted from the bench to take the number six jersey, while 21-year-old Caelan Doris comes into the matchday squad.

Ruddock has started six of Leinster's seven European games to date, playing eighty minutes on five occasions. Leinster won't lose much with Fardy in the team though, with the ex-Wallaby proving to be a fantastic addition since joining the province in the summer of 2017.

Fardy was nominated for European Player of the Year last season as Leinster claimed their fourth Champions Cup.

It is a big day for former Blacrock College pupil Doris, however, who is in line for his European debut off the bench.

The former Ireland U20 captain has made 14 appearances for Leinster this season, with all of them coming in the PRO 14.

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