Monday 23 September 2019

Sean O'Brien's Glasgow farewell in doubt as Toner fears ease


Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Sean O'Brien is a doubt for Leinster's Guinness PRO14 final against Glasgow Warriors.

The Tullow Tank sat out training yesterday as he continued to recover from a hip injury suffered against Saracens. Rob Kearney is back on the field after suffering a head injury in the final play of the defeat to Sarries.

He went through the return to play protocols last week and returned to full training on Friday, although details of his injury only emerged in yesterday's briefing.

Devin Toner will miss Saturday's Celtic Park finale but it is hoped that he'll be back in full training within four-to-six weeks. Ireland begin their World Cup preparations in mid-June.

Although Josh van der Flier is unlikely to lose the No 7 shirt after his stunning return to fitness against Munster, O'Brien will be desperate to prove his fitness for his final game for the province. After coming off the bench against Munster, Johnny Sexton is expected to lead the team, with Scott Fardy coming in for Toner.

Cullen has caused a stir with his suggestion that the Glasgow players are all Rangers fans as he called for the support of the Celtic faithful, however, the Warriors coach Dave Rennie looked to diffuse the controversy yesterday.

"He's a good man, Leo," he said. "We've got lots of players who support different football sides, based on where they originate from. We have a heap of football fans who come and watch us play because they enjoy the entertainment and that's what we're looking for. We represent Glasgow."

Meanwhile, Munster have confirmed another two exits with out-half Bill Johnston departing for Ulster and their former winger and current Head of Commercial and Marketing Doug Howlett announcing his intention to return to New Zealand.

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