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“Following the result of extensive medical tests, it has emerged that Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and will be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season,” Leinster said, in a statement. “The management are confident that the 27-year-old, who is set to undergo surgery this week, will make a full recovery and will provide him with the best care in his recovery.” Strauss joined Leinster in 2009 and he has been an integral part of their squad since then, playing key roles in the 2010 and 2012 Heineken Cup final victories over Northampton and Ulster, respectively. Leinster, meanwhile, rate star centre Brian O’Driscoll as having a 50-50 chance of being fit for next Saturday’s Heineken opener against the Ospreys in Swansea. O’Driscoll is nursing a calf muscle strain, and Leinster say at this stage he has not been ruled out of the selection mix. South Africa international back Zane Kirchner could also be in the frame for next weekend after linking up with his new team-mates following commitments in the Rugby Championship. Strauss, 27, is set to undergo surgery this week, his provincial team Leinster announced. The South Africa-born player made his Ireland debut against the Springboks last year. He has won four caps, but missed the whole of last season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship because of an ankle ligament injury. Ireland international hooker Richardt Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and he will not play again this season. Press Association
MORE: Mitchell thanks teammates after flashing Game 4 warning at Rockets”I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot,’” Mitchell said (via the Tribune). “Like a natural instinct to found out what happened.” One Jazz fan even snapped a pic of him on the scene.pic.twitter.com/ByXjxYTdfv— Margarita Terry (@Atiragram00) April 23, 2019Mitchell later said no one involved was harmed.”I was just going out there to make sure she was OK,” he said. “I don’t want to make it like a big, big deal.” Fans are calling Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell a hero for his 31-point effort in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday, which helped Utah to a 107-91 win to force a Game 5.Prior to that, however, Mitchell played the role of good Samaritan when he stopped at the scene of a car wreck on Sunday on his way home from practice. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Mitchell was driving by the scene of a wreck in downtown Salt Lake City when he pulled over, called 911 and made sure everything was OK.