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Cian Healy apologises after he was asked to leave Leinster's flight to Cape Town

Leinster have released a statement this evening.

Healy has since rejoined the squad in Cape Town.
Healy has since rejoined the squad in Cape Town.
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IN ANOTHER EMBARRASSING incident for Leinster on their two-week tour of South Africa, Cian Healy has been forced to apologise after he was asked to leave yesterday’s flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

The Ireland international was forced off the team’s South African Express flight following the victory over the Kings due to a ‘misunderstanding around the use of a laptop during the approach to take off.’

Healy was booked onto a later flight and has rejoined the squad at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town ahead of Friday’s Pro14 clash with the Cheetahs.

“Leinster Rugby can confirm that Cian Healy was asked to leave yesterday (Sunday) afternoon’s flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town,” a Leinster statement 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.”

This incident follows last week’s visa mix-up which resulted in both Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park being denied entry to South Africa before returning home to Ireland to obtain the necessary documentation.

Leinster accepted full responsibility for the ‘oversight’ and the Kiwi pair have since linked up with Leo Cullen’s squad.

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