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Snyman, Kilcoyne and Kleyn are all ruled out for ‘immediate future’

(Powering through! Dave Kilcoyne is out for next Sunday’s clash with Connacht)

THE decision to play the opening game on this island of the Guinness PRO14’s return to action has proven detrimental to both clubs. The rivalry is so intense between these two sides there was no pulling back last Saturday night in the Aviva Stadium and as a result injuries were almost inevitable. These derbies also carry an invisible extra with players trying to impress Andy Farrell and his selectors.
Munster appear to have come off worst with confirmation this morning that their newest debutant, RG Snyman, has sustained an ACL tear after falling heavily at a lineout after just seven minutes. The lock will now meet with the specialist next to discuss surgery and management.
Dave Kilcoyne and Jean Kleyn have also been ruled out for the immediate future with both players requiring rehabilitation periods for respective ankle and neck ligament injuries.
The squad gathered at the HPC this morning to commence preparations for the Round 15 Guinness PRO14 encounter against Connacht, with players and coaches taking part in the next phase of the IRFU’s routine PCR testing.

Leinster did not come away unscathed from Saturday night’s physical battle with Dave Kearney suffering a hamstring injury that will require further assessment this week. He will not be unavailable for selection for the Ulster Rugby game. Tadhg Furlong was withdrawn from the Munster Rugby game as a precaution having picked up a minor back injury and he will be further assessed this week before a final decision is made on his involvement against Ulster Rugby.
Cian Healy, Josh van der Flier and Johnny Sexton, all three were withdrawn in the second half of the game against Munster Rugby as a precaution with minor injuries (Cian (arm), Josh (hand), Johnny (thumb)) but are expected to be available for selection this week against Ulster Rugby. Rhys Ruddock was withdrawn from the Munster Rugby game as a precaution with a minor quadriceps injury and will be further assessed this week before a final decision is made on his involvement.

Also unavailable at present for Leinster are Vakh Abdaladze who had a procedure on a long-standing back issue last week and will require further assessment in the coming weeks; Dan Leavy, will again look to increase his training involvement this week as he recovers from his knee injury while also unavailable for selection are Fergus McFadden (calf), Conor O’Brien (hamstring), Adam Byrne (hamstring) and James Ryan (shoulder).

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