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A blue Monday for Jacques Nienaber

SPOTLIGHT: World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has officially started his new job at Leinster on Monday.


Almost a month after guiding the Springboks to back-to-back World Cup triumphs in France, Nienaber has finally met up with his new province.

The South African has been spotted at Leinster’s training session on Monday.

Nienaber replaces Stuart Lancaster, who departed for a Director of Rugby role with Racing 92.

Nienaber has been spotted at Leinster’s training session after he has concluded his commitments with SA Rugby and the Springboks and has been spotted at Leinster’s training.

His arrival has been met with great excitement inside the Leinster camp.


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While the overall team seems to be in good spirits following their 21-16 win over Munster on Saturday, they suffered a major injury setback.

Cullen revealed on Monday that Ross Byrne has been ruled out of selection for this weekend’s clash against Connacht following a shoulder injury.

Byrne suffered the injury when attempting to prevent Craig Casey from finishing off Munster’s fifth-minute opening try.


The injury could see Byrne miss Leinster’s opening Champions Cup matches against La Rochelle and Sale Sharks.

It could also spell trouble for Ireland as the flyhalf could be unavailable for the start of Six Nations as well.

Meanwhile, Cormac Foley (shoulder), Michael Milne (shoulder injury) and Cian Healy (shoulder) will all step up their rehabilitation programme this week as they continue to recovery.

A blue Monday for Jacques Nienaber

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