Leinster report positive Covid case ahead of Montpellier

Leo Cullen’s Leinster side have not played since early December

Leinster have not played a game of any kind in over a month since beating Bath in their Heineken Champions Cup opener on December 11th, and in the build-up to Sunday's scheduled meeting with Montpellier at the RDS (kick-off 1pm) there has been another minor Covid scare in their camp.

The province have confirmed that there are currently two players in isolation due to Covid-19, one as a close contact, following the latest round of PCR testing carried out at Leinster yesterday.

Montpellier were awarded a 28-0 bonus point win after an outbreak of Covid in Leinster’s ranks for their round two game while the French side have only played one game in the last month; a Covid outbreak having forced the postponement of their last two Top 14 matches.

There was also further disappointing news concerning Dan Leavy. The flanker underwent a procedure to stabilise a fracture in his wrist last week and will be unavailable for at least two months. Conor O'Brien (hamstring), Dave Kearney (back) and Michael Milne (calf) all remain sidelined.

Gerry Thornley

Gerry Thornley

Gerry Thornley is Rugby Correspondent of The Irish Times