WTF Cian?

Ireland and Leinster star Cian Healy has apologized after being asked to leave a flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

Cian Healy delayed his Irish team’s flight and was removed for failing to turn off his laptop before take-off.

An SA Express flight at the Port Elizabeth Airport had to make an about U-turn back to its parking bay shortly before take off on Sunday after Irish International rugby player Cian Healy failed to switch off his electronic device.

Healy, who plays for Leinster Rugby, was offloaded from the flight en route to Cape Town causing a 30 minute delay.

SA Express confirmed the incident and said that Healy had “failed to adhere to instructions given to him by cabin crew”.

Responding to questions sent, the airline said that Healy had “repeatedly ignored” safety instructions.

“The senior cabin crew member asked him, more than four times, to switch off his electronic devices and these instructions were ignored,” the airline said.

“SA Express will not compromise on safety or contravene the Civil Aviation Act. The team manager apologised for this behaviour as did Mr Healy. The decision was based on safety policies and procedures that govern the airline and is legislated by the state.”

Healy was accompanied by Leinster team manger, who disembarked the flight voluntarily, to assist the player in making alternative travel arrangements, SA Express said.

In a short statement, Leinster Rugby also confirmed the incident saying that 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.”

Earlier Marcus O’Buachalla, Leinster Rugby Communications Manager, who said that Healy had been engrossed watching a rugby game on his lap top as part of his homework and he did not hear the request as he was using earphones at the time.

O’Buachalla said the next thing Healy was asked to leave the plane.

“What appears to have happened was a misunderstanding on his part. Cian complied with the air hostess and there was no issue in getting onto the next flight,” said O’Buachalla.

Leinster are in South Africa to play two PRO14 games.

The Irish club beat the Southern Kings 31-10 in their PRO14 clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Source: Ireland rugby star Cian Healy apologises over laptop-on-plane incident – Independent.ie

Sloppy Leinster confirm visa issues were an administrative error

In a major snafu, New Zealand nationals Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park were refused entry into South Africa.

Changes effected on January 16 2017 mean all Kiwis now need a three-month holiday visa to visit South Africa, ending a 20-year visa-free travel arrangement between the two countries.

In some defense of Leinster Rugby, would you not think that Isa and Jamison should have know this?

Here is newspaper article from Irish Times.

Leinster has confirmed that the visa issues that prevented two players, utility back Isa Nacewa and scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park, from entering South Africa on Wednesday with the rest of the team, was due to an administrative error.
Guy Easterby, Head of Rugby Operations, Leinster Rugby, issued a statement on Thursday morning from South Africa explaining that as of January 16th of this year New Zealand nationals were required to have a visa to enter the country. This was overlooked by Leinster and the two players were refused entry on arrival.
Nacewa is New Zealand born of Fijian decent, while Gibson-Park was born in Auckland.
“As of January 16th 2017 a visa is required for New Zealand nationals entering South Africa,” said the Leinster statement.
“Unfortunately this visa was not applied for by Leinster Rugby on behalf of Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa in advance of the squad leaving Dublin Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was only brought to our attention upon landing into Johannesburg on Wednesday morning that this was now a requirement.
“This was clearly an administrative oversight on our part and a valuable lesson has been learned.
“Nick McCarthy will arrive in later today and for the moment no other player will be called up to the squad.”
Gibson-Park and Nacewa were two of the few travelling Leinster players who had previous experience of playing Super Rugby in South Africa. Gibson-Park spoke earlier this week in Dublin about playing at altitude in Bloemfontein, where the Cheetahs are based.
The province take on the Southern Kings on Saturday afternoon in Port Elizabeth with a clash with the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein to follow on Friday week.

Source: Leinster confirm visa issues were an administrative error

Ireland Summer tour. USA and Japan.

While the Lions are busy in New Zealand, the Irish team will be touring to USA and Japan. With two tests against the rugby world cup hosts – and Japan are in Ireland’s group in the world cup, should make for an interesting encounter.

V USA. June 10. 4pm Eastern, 11pm Ireland, 8am New Zealand

V Japan. June 17. 1am E, 6am I, 5pm NZ

V Japan. June 24. 1:40am E, 6:40am I, 5:40pm NZ (First Lions test match is at 7:35pm NZ time)

 

Source: Eight Uncapped Players In Ireland Summer Tour Squad : Irish Rugby | Official Website

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