Leinster have persistently faced a problem over the past season in the Champions Cup over their selection.
The competition only allows two players in the matchday squad from Australia or New Zealand, meaning the reigning champions need to forgo one of James Lowe, Scott Fardy or Jamison Gibson-Park.
This is a dilemma faced by Leo Cullen ahead of Leinster’s match with Toulouse in Dublin on Sunday, as all three players are integral to the side.
Former Leinster and Ireland outside back Luke Fitzgerald also raised this issue on Twitter, highlighting what many fans will be thinking. He also discussed this in the Irish Independent, as he expressed how disappointing it would be to see Lowe miss out on an opportunity to face the French outfit.
This is what he said:
Would be such a shame not to see this fella out on the pitch against Toulouse. He’s become so important to Leinster. https://t.co/oV3voyG0jn
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) April 17, 2019
With the Dubliners looking thin on the ground when it comes to scrumhalves, Gibson-Park is in an advantageous position, and very likely to feature at the Aviva Stadium at the weekend. With Devin Toner returning from injury, that does not place as much importance on Scott Fardy, but it would still be bizarre to see the Australian overlooked, meaning Lowe will probably be the unlucky player that has to drop out of the squad.
Nonetheless, Fitzgerald is right in highlighting that it would be disappointing for Lowe to miss out, as it is undeserved, and the semi-final will be worse off without him if he is the one to miss out.
Toulouse are in red-hot form currently, and while Leinster may be slight favourites playing in Dublin, they will need to be at their best. All fans will be hoping Cullen makes the right choice regarding his selection.
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