Heaslip injury not serious – Cullen

Date published: January 4 2015

Leinster are confident Jamie Heaslip’s shoulder injury is not serious after he was forced off the field in Saturday’s 24-11 win over Ulster.

Heaslip left the field in the 29th minute at the RDS and afterwards Leinster boss Matt O’Connor revealed had the number eight had taken a hit on his AC joint.

The Ireland stalwart will undergo a scan in the next two days to confirm the nature of the injury.

Heaslip’s departure was the second injury setback suffered by Leinster after flanker Shane Jennings was forced to withdraw before kick-off with a hamstring injury.

Despite the back row injuries, Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen was delighted with his side’s effort.

“We were happy with the way the lads prepared and we’re happy with the way we’re moving,” he said.

“We lost Shane Jennings and Jamie Heaslip but the replacements did well.

“We put Ulster under pressure in the first half and we felt hey were killing the ball and we had some cheap turnovers.

“But we started the second half well with their man in the bin and Ian Madigan took his try well. We didn’t manage the game and they scored what seemed like a dubious try to me.

“We needed to push on when Dan Tuohy was in the bin. But the lads battled back well.

“We’re getting closer and closer and Jack Conan really deserved his try.

“He’s worked really hard and he deserves his place in he team.

“He’s really diligent and he has had a taste of it in the first team now and it’s about pushing on to another level.”

Asked about the back row injuries, Cullen admitted: “Jamie got a bang on his shoulder, but played on for a bit.

“He will get assessed, it doesn’t look too bad.

“Shane felt a bit tight and when he was running around, he felt his hamstring was a bit tight.”