Wednesday 26 October 2016

Moore to miss start of Six Nations as his move to Wasps is confirmed

Marty Moore
Marty Moore
Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is hurting due to their poor form

Ireland prop Martin Moore has been ruled out of Ireland's first three matches in the Six Nations at a minimum.

This personal blow was spread province wide by his decision to finally confirm his move to Wasps yesterday, despite the reported intervention of national boss Joe Schmidt.

"Naturally, we are disappointed to be losing a player of Marty's calibre in particular having invested in his development over the years but we wish him well," said Leinster coach Leo Cullen.

The tight-head has been given an estimated six-to-eight weeks recovery from a Grade 2 hamstring tear suffered against Wasps on Saturday.

Connacht's Finlay Bealham has been called into the Ireland squad for Moore.

Isa Nacewa will be out for two to three weeks following a routine procedure to his knee.

It comes right at the time when all the experience and guile of the Leinster club captain will be needed against The Dragons for Rodney Parade on Friday night.

Second-row Tom Denton broke down in training last week and will be out for two weeks. Mick Kearney and Jack Conan are still three to four weeks away from their returns.

On a more positive note, New Zealander Hayden Triggs should be back either this week or for the next League outing.

The onus of responsibility for Leinster's well-being in the PRO12 falls heavily onto the shoulders of those left out of Ireland's extended squad.

Flanker Dominic Ryan was not about to dwell on the difference between what happened at home to Bath and away to Wasps.

He has already put it in his rear view mirror.

"It's easy to say that we had nothing to play for and they did, but we have big standards here at Leinster. It was unacceptable, to say the least," he added.

It all begins back in the bread and butter of the League when Leinster will look to repair the damage done in Europe by putting it to one side.

To move forward, you have to look back at where you went wrong.

So you would think.

The record-breaking defeat to Wasps could just be the exception to that rule.

"It was just maybe one of those days that you would just maybe be better off forgetting about," said Ryan.

The only way to erase the bad memories are by creating new, improved ones.

"While we have to react, it's really important not to let it get us down."

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