Published: 18:13 | 8/6/21

Lancaster praises Porter reaction to injury

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster has praised Andrew Porter's reaction to the injury that has ruled him out of this summer's Lions tour to South Africa.

The 25-year-old sustained a toe injury during Leinster's 15-12 Rainbow Cup defeat to Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night and has been ruled out until next pre-season.

It's a devastating blow for the young tighthead who has established himself as a world class performer over the past two seasons.

However, rather than feeling sorry for himself, Lancaster revealed that Porter has remained upbeat and has been a positive presence within the squad since hearing the news.

“He is very tough, Andrew, physically a tough guy, but also mentally very tough,” the former England head coach said.

“I didn’t really sleep that well on Saturday night thinking about it. I am just so gutted for him, so gutted. 

"For a young lad to have worked so hard to achieve his dream, what it meant to his family and friends and all the people who supported him, and then to miss out now in the way that it happened, almost innocuously really. It was nothing really.

“It’s not like it’s an injury that is going to keep him out for ages, but it’s enough to keep him out of the tour.

“We’re all absolutely gutted for him really. 

"But he’s in today, he’s in the review, he’s got a smile on his face, he’s been positive with the lads, everyone has put their arms around him and he’s going in to see the specialist on Wednesday I think. 

I don’t think words can really express how disappointed we all were when we heard the news. But yeah, he’s remarkably resilient, and I do think his best years are ahead of him. 

"He’s got more international honours to come in the next four years and another Lions series to target, and maybe even one four years after that. It wouldn’t surprise me."

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