Champions Cup: Tawera Kerr-Barlow to wear special protective glove

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La Rochelle scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow could yet feature in Saturday’s Champions Cup Final, wearing a glove specially-made in Cork.

The glove, which is more commonly used to protect the hands of hurling or hockey players, has had a few outings in rugby as well: Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble, Fergus McFadden and more recently Hugo Keenan have all tried it.

Ordered

Ronan O’Gara has ordered the gloves from Irish company Mycro Sportswear, saying: “I have to explore all possibilities.”

Kerr-Barlow was initially ruled out of the match with a broken hand sustained in Top 14 action last week.

“Depending on his pain threshold, depending on his taking of the ball, as well as the legality of this glove, but I think it will be fine,” added O’Gara.

There was also positive news for La Rochelle on the fitness of full-back Brice Dulin and lock Will Skelton ahead of Saturday’s final against Leinster.

The former has recovered from a rib problem, the latter from a knee issue which was thought to have ruled him out for the season.

The prognosis for Victor Vito was less good however; his place will be taken in the team by rising back-row star Matthias Haddad.

 

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