Leo Cullen is confident Tadhg Furlong, Rónan Kelleher and James Lowe will be fit for Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup final against La Rochelle next weekend.
All three key players picked up injuries in last week’s semi-final win over Toulouse but none of them would feature in tonight’s URC clash with Munster as Cullen heralds the changes.
Furlong is treating an ankle problem, Kelleher is following protocols for returning to the game, while Lowe picked up a leg injury late against Toulouse.
Although Cian Healy’s selection as a backup tighthead for tonight’s game at Aviva Stadium could indicate Leinster is concerned Furlong won’t make the final, Cullen downplayed any concerns.
“The boys are doing well, all three,” Cullen said.
“Cian played tighthead early in the season. Someone in the front row needs to be able to play across the front row now because as you saw with the Ireland-Italy game when nobody switched over for the contested/undisputed scrum figure and you went down to 13 men.
“It’s just to cover us should that situation arise, depending on what selection is next week.
“It’s something we’re going to look at, that’s why he’s on the bench. It’s not like we’re trying to hide it, he’s in the 18 jersey.”
When asked if he was confident Furlong would face La Rochelle in Marseille, Cullen said:
“Yes, I think he should be fine. That’s how I understand it at the moment. He should be fine,” adding that Kelleher and Lowe are in the same boat.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leo-cullen-plays-down-concerns-of-leinster-trio-missing-la-rochelle-final-41672852.html Leo Cullen downplays concerns the Leinster trio will miss the La Rochelle final