Leinster's Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Montpellier is in doubt after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the French club, which has seen their Top14 game this weekend cancelled.

Leo Cullen's side have seen their last four games either postponed or cancelled and are desperate for game time having played just three times since the end of October.

There had initially been doubts as to whether Rounds 3 and 4 of the competition would proceed, after several games in December were postponed due to heightened travel issues between France and the UK.

However, reports this morning suggest tournament organisers expect to play both January rounds of the Champions and Challenge Cup as planned.

Leinster are due to host Montpellier at the RDS on Sunday, 16 January, after being forced to give the French side a 28-0 bonus point walkover last month when they were in the midst of a Covid outbreak in the squad.

But it's now emerged that Montpellier are dealing with their own squad outbreak and their Top14 clash with champions Toulouse this weekend has been postponed.

"We had a few cases last week, at the beginning of the week, and this morning," Montpellier's director of rugby Philippe Saint-Andre said yesterday.

"Some are symptomatic. Things are accelerating and it is also circulating."

The former France head coach added: "Some were doing very well two days ago and are stuck today. At least 50% of the team will be absent.

Montpellier were also left idle last weekend, with their New Year's meeting with Toulon postponed following an outbreak in their opponent's camp.

Leinster haven't played since Round 1 of the Heineken Champions Cup on 11 December, with their first game against the French side cancelled after their own Covid issues, which also saw their St Stephen's Day game against Munster postponed.

Their New Year's Day derby with Ulster in the URC will also be rescheduled after the northern province dealt with an outbreak of their own, while their Round 10 game against the Lions has been pushed back until later in the season due to travel restrictions.

The game between Toulon and Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle is also off.

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