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Isa Nacewa and Leinster scrum-half to return to Dublin after being denied entry to South Africa for PRO 14 tour


Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa. Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster's two-match tour of South Africa has got off to a bad start after Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park were forced to return home to Dublin after running into 'visa issues' following the squad's arrival in Johannesburg.

Leo Cullen's men will become the first PRO 14 side to play in South Africa when they take on the Southern Kings this Saturday in Port Elizabeth, and will now be without two key players who have previous Super Rugby experence.

The province released a statement this afternoon confirming that the duo are returning home. Nacewa and Gibson-Park are from New Zealand, and required visas to enter South Africa.

"Leinster Rugby can confirm that both Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa have not been granted a visa at this point in time and will as a result return to Dublin at the earliest opportunity.

"Nick McCarthy has been called up to the touring squad as a result and will arrive tomorrow."

After playing the Kings this weekend, Leinster are set to travel to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs next Friday night.

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