Category Archives: Leinster Rugby

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

Leinster and Munster Bow out of Europe

Munster fought a valiant battle on Saturday to lose to a dominant Saracens. Munster were overplayed and over coached.
Then on Sunday, Leinster went behind 15-3 and it was too little too late for a comeback against Clermont.

A disappointing two matches for the two Irish powerhouses in what looked like a promising weekend.

Saracens look to repeat as European Champs – Highlights of both matches follow;

ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster Rugby

Munster V Saracens

A thrilling encounter between Stade Francais and Bath was a great back and forth battle in the Challenge Cup..



Leinster and Munster advance to Qtr finals

Leinster and Munster have decisive wins to move on in the European Champions Cup.

Leinster V Wasps report – A game that had experienced S African Willie Le Roux drop an easy score while trying to make a photo op.

21 yr old Joey Carbury was man of the match.

Munster booked a 12th semi-final appearance after initially being pushed hard for a 41-16 victory over Toulouse at a nervy Thomond Park. Report Here.


European Cup, Round 3

A talented Leinster beat up on Northampton 37-10. Match report here at The Irish Herald.

Match highlights below. The game was marred by a red card on English captain and known thug, Dylan Hartley. A blatant swinging arm on Sean O’Brien saw Harley ejected after only 6 minutes on the field. See the attach here;


Also highlights of Munster’s 38 – 0 thrashing of Leicester Tigers.

Ulster Rugby 39, ASM Clermont Auvergne 32