Leinster duo Nacewa and Gibson-Park denied entry to South Africa

Isa Nacewa (left) in actuon for Leinster
Isa Nacewa (left) is on his way back to Dublin after being refused entry to South Africa

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa and fellow New Zealander Jamison Gibson-Park have been denied entry to South Africa because of visa problems.

It is understood they did not have the visa New Zealanders require to enter the country when they flew in to play two Pro14 games in South Africa.

The pair returned to Dublin on Thursday and have successfully applied for visas from the South African Embassy.

The two players will be available for next week's game against the Cheetahs.

Nacewa and Gibson-Park will re-join the Leinster squad on Sunday in Capetown in preparation for the encounter with the Cheetahs on Friday 22 September.

Nick McCarthy flew out as a replacement ahead of Saturday's clash with the Kings.

The Irish province face the Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday followed by the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday, 22 September.

Nacewa and Gibson-Park were refused entry on their arrival by customs at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

South African law changed at the beginning of the year to require citizens from New Zealand to have a visa, where previously none had been needed.

Fiji international Nacewa is a versatile back while Gibson-Park and McCarthy are both scrum-halves.

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