Leinster have this afternoon confirmed that the injured Dan Leavy will play no part for Ireland in the forthcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Suffering a horrendous knee injury in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final defeat of Ulster, Leinster explained that although tests had yet to conclude on the extent of the 24-year-old's injury, Leavy would not be capable of returning before the Autumn tournament.
Leinster Rugby can confirm that Dan Leavy had an initial scan yesterday on a complex knee ligament injury but needs further assessment this week. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and into next season to include the Rugby World Cup. pic.twitter.com/WoUPca6nRI
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) April 1, 2019
A considerable loss for both Leinster and Ireland, the province alluded to the fact that Leavy is not likely to make a return for the reigning Champions Cup holders until the 2019/20 season is well underway.
Alan Quinlan shared his personal experience of such devastating lows on the back of being injured on this morning's OTB AM.
'I sat in the dressing-room in Stockport in '05, and I thought my career is over...'@AlanQuinlan1 disclosed the horrors of injuries suffered throughout his own career in light of Dan Leavy's latest set-back...
Full rugby chat 👉 https://t.co/elcD0mKUtV pic.twitter.com/dF64hs5Sj3
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) April 1, 2019
For Leo Cullen's Leinster, attention will now turn toward Toulouse and a Champions Cup semi-final clash that the reigning holders will have the advantage of hosting in Dublin.