Last week captain Isa Nacewa and scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park were refused entry to South Africa, and now Cian Healy has been thrown off a flight to Cape Town.
Ruaidhri O’Connor in The Irish Independent has revealed that Healy was chucked off his flight.
The 29-year-old was reviewing Saturday’s game against the Southern Kings on his laptop after the passengers were told to stop using electronic equipment.
To the surprise of the player, his fellow squad members and passengers a member of the South African Express cabin crew asked that the plane be turned around and the player was asked to leave when it returned to the terminal.
The police were not asked to get involved and after making an apology Healy was booked on to the next flight with the same airline later that afternoon.
A statement from Leinster Rugby confirmed the incident. “Leinster Rugby can confirm that Cian Healy was asked to leave yesterday afternoon’s flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town,” it read.
“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.”