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Tight calf rules Lions back-rower out of Pro12 semi-final

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that British & Irish Lions back-rower Seán O’Brien is a late withdrawal from their matchday 23 to face the Scarlets in Friday evening’s Pro12 semi-final at the RDS.

Cullen confirmed that O’Brien is suffering from a minor calf injury and the big decision was made not to risk the injury further.


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If O’Brien’s injury were to worsen, England’s James Haskell would be the bookies favourite to join Warren Gatland’s 41-man squad.

Leinster: Joey Carbery; Adam Byrne, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Isa Nacewa (capt); Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Jack McGrath, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong; Ross Molony, Hayden Triggs; Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.
Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Seán O’Brien, Jamison Gibson-Park, Zane Kirchner.