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Leinster look set to escape paying any fine for playing ‘Up the Ra’ song at the RDS

The United Rugby Championship clash between Leinster and Connacht at RDS Arena where the Wolfe Tones' song 'Celtic Symphony' was played. Photo: Sportsfile© SPORTSFILE

Rúaidhrí O'ConnorIndependent.ie

Leinster look set to escape any formal sanction for playing the Wolfe Tones song Celtic Symphonyafter their win over Connacht on New Year’s Day.

Although it is expected the province will be asked to explain how the song, which features the lyric ‘Up the Ra’, was played over the PA system at the RDS, they are not expected to be fined by the United Rugby Championship. The province apologised in the aftermath of the game and the incident has caused reputational damage, generating headlines beyond Ireland in recent days.

Leinster will be hoping to draw a line under the incident as they deal with the confirmation that Johnny Sexton has undergone surgery on the suspected fractured cheekbone he suffered in the same game.

The Ireland captain now looks set to miss the opening Six Nations clash against Wales at least, while he is almost certain to sit out Leinster’s remaining Champions Cup pool matches against Gloucester and La Rochelle. He won’t be cited for his part in the incident that saw him come off the worse of a high tackle on Connacht’s Jarrad Butler, while it is still unclear if he suffered a concussion in the incident.

“He has had a procedure, I can’t tell you what that procedure was but he has had it on his cheekbone,” forwards coach Robin McBryde said. “I don’t know when he will be back fit or anything but it’s done and it’s over to the medical team now to try to put a timescale on it.”

Leinster hope to welcome Tadhg Furlong and Will Connors back from injury this week, while Munster say RG Snyman’s return won’t happen this month despite him stepping up his rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Marty Moore’s hopes of playing again this season and making a late bid for the World Cup are in tatters after he suffered a “significant knee injury” in Ulster’s defeat to Munster.


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