Massive injury blow for Jack McGrath has fans fearing the worst
One really, really hopes Leinster were just taking extra precautions.
Jack McGrath lasted only nine minutes of Leinster's Guinness PRO12 semi final against Scarlets, this evening at The RDS.
The loose-head prop went down clutching his arm moments before Leinster had an Isa Nacewa try chalked off. As the game came back for a Scarlets scrum, McGrath received treatment on his left arm from two members of the Leinster medical staff.
It initially looked as though McGrath could have damaged his shoulder but the physios were also looking closely at his elbow.
He took part in that scrum and another, minutes later, but was clearly playing through the pain. Leinster back-pedalled a Scarlets scrum, on eight minutes, but they retained possession and punctured their hosts down the left wing and Steff Evans raced in a fine try.
As the try had a conversion added, McGrath was called ashore. There were only nine minutes on the clock and his side were 7-0 down.
It did not take long for worried fans to stress their concerns that McGrath could be a doubt for the LionsTour:
— Ross Tormey (@Ross_Tormey) May 19, 2017
— British Lions Fan (@TommyTheChin) May 19, 2017
— Callum Sally (@CallumSally) May 19, 2017
Jack McGrath is a big loss for Leinster and Healy has to put in a 70 minute shift now.
— Ruck 'n' Roll (@RnRRugby) May 19, 2017
We will update with any news on McGrath when we get it.
Episode 28 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Ronan O'Gara, Tommy Bowe, James Downey and Munster outhalf Ian Keatley.
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