Donald's deal to Ulster off due to injury

23 Enero, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Stephen Donald

ULSTER HAVE BEEN forced to cancel the short-term signing of All Black World Cup victor Stephen Donald to fill the void at out-half when Christian Lealiifano returns to Australia later this month.

But 34-year-old Donald, who kicked the winning penalty that won the All Blacks the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, has failed a medical with Ulster and, as such, has seen his move from Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath cancelled.

Australian out-half Christian Lealiifano played his last game for Ulster in the 26-7 defeat to Wasps yesterday, which eliminated them from Champions Cup quarter-final contention, having been signed last summer to play for the province until January.

"Unfortunately, Ulster Rugby is not in a position to proceed with the signing of Stephen Donald, after receiving a medical report on the player yesterday (Sunday)", read a statement released by the PRO14 outfit on Monday.

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"The timeline now makes it very hard to find a suitable replacement, but we will continue to monitor the market".

Leali'ifano was always due to return to Brumbies in time for the start of their Super Rugby campaign next month, with it being presumed that another senior stop gap would be signed once he departed.

The loss of Donald and unavailability of Jackson leaves Ulster head coach, Jono Gibbes, and director of rugby, Les Kiss, extremely short on options at fly-half, with Newcastle-born Johnny McPhillips the only other option.



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