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Rodney Ah You is called in front of panel after red card against Dragons

By Michael Sadlier and David Kelly

Ulster prop Rodney Ah You will face a Disciplinary Panel hearing tomorrow in Edinburgh after receiving a red card in last Friday's game at the Dragons.

Ah You was sent off late in the game by Scottish referee Mike Adamson who deemed that the player had committed an act of foul play against Dragons' full-back Carl Meyer under Law 10.4 (g) - Dangerous Charging.

Back in Belfast, Ah You's Ulster's team-mate Chris Henry has accepted the position of Technical Advisor at Malone next season. The long-serving Ulster player has agreed to take on a more formalised role at his old club after assisting head coach Paddy Armstrong at a number of training sessions during this campaign which sees the AIL Division 2A side still in the mix for promotion.

Meanwhile, there is an old saying in locker-rooms about a team dedicating progress to their injured players. Leinster may have to adhere to its every letter if they are to so honour Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip.

The multiple European title-winners underwent respective lower back and knee procedures last week and may not return until the end of May - when Leinster hope to be in the final stages of twin title assaults, which continue on Saturday against Wasps in Dublin in a European Cup quarter-final.

"I'd be optimistic about that but I couldn't say anything more than that," said coach Stuart Lancaster, whose caution suggests that a possible Champions Cup final - May 13 - may prove beyond the duo's grasp.

"The Pro12 final is the last game of the season, if we get that far, and that will be the last week in May so there is still a fair bit of the season to play out.

"Both players will certainly be targeting that."

It also confirms that neither man will get another opportunity to impress Warren Gatland before he names his Lions squad next month; Kearney is slated to be out for a vague "four to six weeks".

Heaslip is clearly more imperilled as his return cannot even be determined yet. That will only happen after he is "assessed further over the coming weeks" according to Leinster.

In the short-term, Heaslip's likely replacement, Jack Conan, hopes to get on the paddock tomorrow after a tight calf precluded him from playing against Cardiff. Dave Kearney returns to training tomorrow but Lancaster has passed him fit. Johnny Sexton has rested up well.

Sean Cronin (hamstring), Rory O'Loughlin (shoulder), Josh van der Flier (shoulder), Zane Kircher (hamstring) and Isa Nacewa (knee) are all expected to be fit.

Asked how Leinster could compensate for the absence of two key leadership figures, Kearney and Heaslip, Lancaster shrugged.

"Take Jack Conan," he smiled. "It's a pretty handy replacement."

Leinster have called up prop Ed Byrne, completing his remarkable return from injury, as well as wing Barry Daly and centre Tom Daly.

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