Monday 19 March 2018

Healy cleared for Toulon as Madigan nears exit

Cian Healy's two week suspension has been lifted Photo: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Cian Healy's two week suspension has been lifted Photo: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Cian Healy has been cleared to take his place on the Leinster bench for this evening's clash with Toulon.

The Ireland loosehead prop's two-week suspension has been lifted, pending his appeal against judicial officer Roger Morris' decision to clear him of the initial charge of kneeing Toulon's Guilhem Guirado, but find him guilty of a separate charge of 'dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an opponent without the ball, including shouldering'.

No date has yet been set for his appeal, but in the meantime Healy is free to face the four-in-a-row chasing European champions at the Aviva Stadium.

Michael Bent had been named as cover for Jack McGrath, who replaced Healy last week, but the Lion is now available to make an impact off the bench for Leo Cullen, who has made three changes to his team, with Eoin Reddan in for Isaac Boss and Dave Kearney replacing Fergus McFadden.

Ian Madigan is on the bench once again as he edges closer to the exit door at Leinster after Bordeaux Begles confirmed their interest in the out-half, who visited the French city last week.

The Top 14 side's president Laurent Marti has confirmed their interest in the Ireland star to l'Equipe, but conceded they face competition for a number of clubs for the 26-year-old's signature.

Meanwhile, BJ Botha has failed to recover from his concussion in time to face Leicester Tigers in Munster's make-or-break visit to Welford Road tomorrow.

Anthony Foley has named John Ryan at tighthead, while also bringing Mark Chisholm and Mike Sherry into his pack.

Irish Independent

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