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Leinster have chosen NOT to register James Lowe for Exeter clash despite stellar start

James Lowe of Leinster arrives ahead of the Guinness PRO14 Round 10 match between Benetton and Leinster at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso, Italy. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
James Lowe of Leinster arrives ahead of the Guinness PRO14 Round 10 match between Benetton and Leinster at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso, Italy. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leinster have chosen not to register new New Zealand winger James Lowe for their Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs this weekend.

A little-known tournament law states that each team can only pick two 'overseas players' in a match-day 23 and as a result of their alternative back-three options, the Irish province have decided to go with what they have in order to be able to select Scott Fardy and Jamison Gibson-Park.

Although a number of nations are exempt from the 'overseas' tag, New Zealand and Australia are not.

While there was nothing stopping Lowe - who scored two-tries on debut last weekend in a man of the match performance - from being registered, Leinster have held off for this round.

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