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Saturday 21 July 2018

Relief for winger James Lowe as Luke McGrath should recover in time for Saracens showdown

James Lowe of Leinster, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second try during the Guinness PRO14 Round 15 match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
James Lowe of Leinster, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second try during the Guinness PRO14 Round 15 match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Luke McGrath (knee) is unlikely to feature again during the Six Nations. Leinster are however confident that the scrum-half will be fit in time for Saracens.

News that McGrath should return for the Champions Cup quarter-final meeting with Mark McCall's side will be a huge relief to winger James Lowe.

The Cotonou Agreement,  a treaty between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, drawn up in 2000, provides a legal loophole for clubs to select as many overseas players from the major rugby nations as they want, except for those coming from New Zealand and Australia.

Leinster’s Jamison Gibson-Park, Scott Fardy and James Lowe provide a three-into-two equation that poses problems for the Champions Cup.

Lowe would have likely missed out had McGrath not been available as Gibson-Park would have been an automatic selection and the New Zealander would have missed out with the level of back three options open to Leo Cullen.

Garry Ringrose (ankle) is training with Leinster today, not Ireland, despite being called up to Joe Schmidt's squad. The outside centre also trained fully with Leinster last Friday.

Ross Byrne (hip) and Rory O'Loughlin (HIA) are unlikely to feature against the Southern Kings at the RDS on Friday.

Sean O'Brien (hip) will step up his rehab in UCD this week but is still a few weeks away from a comeback.

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