Planet Rugby



Strauss set for heart surgery

07th October 2013 15:29


Richardt Strauss leinster

Heart condition: Richardt Strauss

Leinster and Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss will miss the rest of the season following the discovery of a heart condition.

The South Africa-born Strauss has been with Leinster since 2009 and qualified to play for his adopted country on residency last year.

Following the result of extensive medical tests, it has emerged that Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and will be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season.

The Leinster management are confident that the 27-year-old, who is set to undergo surgery this week, will make a full recovery and will provide him with the best care in his recovery.

Other squad news includes that Lote Tuqiri has suffered a recurrence of the hamstring strain which has curtailed him in recent weeks and he is set for a further spell on the sidelines. It is hoped that he will be available for the Round Two game against Castres at the RDS.

Brian O'Driscoll (calf strain) has a 50/50 chance of being fit and will continue to receive treatment from the medical team this week ahead of Friday's team announcement, though at this stage the Ireland centre hasn't been ruled out of the selection mix.

Better news for the province is the arrival of Springbok international Zane Kirchner who has finally linked up with the province following a series of impressive displays in The Rugby Championship.

Kirchner, who featured against the All Blacks in Ellis Park on Saturday, will train with his new team-mates this week and could come into the frame.

  • Leinster Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , May 2
Ulster vs Leinster19:30
Saturday , May 10
Leinster vs Edinburgh18:30
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
  • Leinster Results
Recent Results
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Friday , April 11
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Heineken Cup
Sunday , April 6
Toulon 29 - 14 LeinsterToulon vs Leinster Report
More Heineken Cup results
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , March 29
Leinster 22 - 18 Munster
Friday , March 21
Leinster 27 - 0 Zebre
Saturday , March 1
Leinster 28 - 25 Glasgow
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
  • Table
Pool 1
Heineken Cup Table