Saturday 24 February 2018

Leinster forced to reduce staff numbers for logistical nightmare trip to South Africa

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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The messy logistics involved in Leinster's mini-tour to South Africa next week will mean that the squad will not return on the same flight, nor on the same day.

With such short notice as well as the costs involved to arrange the trip to face the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs, Leinster have had to reduce the number of backroom staff that would ordinarily travel to away games.

Leo Cullen will name his 28-man touring squad on Monday and competition rules restrict teams from replacing any potential injured players whilst in South Africa.

"We might get about 10 guys back on the Saturday night," Cullen explained.

"We play our second game on the Friday night so we'll try get out of Jo'burg. There's about 10 going out on the Saturday night, everyone else will stay back until Sunday night and get back here (Dublin) on Monday for a game on Friday. It's tight but we'll get on with it."

It's far from ideal in this day and age but minor hiccups have always been expected in the brave new Guinness PRO14 world. How teams cope with them will have a major bearing on how successful their season is.

Irish Independent

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