It hasn’t been the best of times for Leinster in their inaugural trip to South Africa. The province are currently in the southern hemisphere nation as they look to complete victories over the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs.
Leinster are already halfway through that task after recording a straightforward victory over the Kings at the weekend and they will face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday. However, off-the-pitch, the trip has been problematic. Both Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park were both refused entry to the country last week due to visa problems.
Now, according to the Irish Independent, Leo Cullen’s side have faced more administrative trouble, but of a different kind. Irish prop, Cian Healy, was asked to leave the plane bringing the squad to Cape Town due to his use of a laptop after it had been announced that electronic devices were not permitted.
According to the report, the plane turned back to Port Elizabeth, Healy departed and got on the next flight to Cape Town with the same airline after making an apology to the South African Express crew.
A statement from Leinster Rugby reads:
“Leinster Rugby can confirm that Cian Healy was asked to leave yesterday afternoon’s flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
“The issue related to a misunderstanding around the use of a laptop during the approach to take off.
“Cian disembarked the plane and took the next available flight to Cape Town with the same airline.
“Cian apologised sincerely to all concerned at the time for any inconvenience caused.
“He re-joined the squad last night in Cape Town and trained today in Bishop’s College.”