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Leinster issue positive injury updates on Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe


Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe remain in contention to play in Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup final against La Rochelle.

Furlong and Lowe both picked up injuries in Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse and were not considered for selection in Saturday’s game against Munster as a result, although they were unlikely to feature anyway.

Furlong and Lowe will increase their training load this week however and will be continually assessed by Leinster’s medical staff ahead of Saturday’s game against La Rochelle at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

Jordan Larmour made a successful return to action.

Ronan Kelleher will also return to training this week, having passed the graduated return to play protocols after suffering a head injury against Toulouse.

Ciarán Frawley was removed from play for a head injury assessment during the first half of Leinster’s win against Munster on Saturday and did not return.

Frawley did actually pass his HIA, but didn’t come back on due to a facial injury and will be further assessed this week before a decision on his availability will be made.

Jordan Larmour played his first game since early March for Leinster against Munster, having recovered from a hip injury, and picked up the man of the match reward for his efforts. He came through the game unscathed and will be available this weekend.

A well rested Leinster side will take on Toulouse.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen rested all of the 15 players who started against Toulouse against Munster, and that decision paid off remarkably well, as the province’s young guns claimed a bonus-point win against their rivals.

Very few players who featured against Munster are likely to face La Rochelle, as Cian Healy will probably retain his place on the bench, while Frawley could take the 23 jersey if he recovers from his facial injury.

Larmour is also surely in the conversation despite his lack of game time, as he looked as sharp as ever against Munster.

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