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James Lowe fires the Leinster faithful

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    18 Feb 2018     Getty Images

The Irish Times rated him as 'Isa Nacewa 2.0 expect he qualifies for Test status in 2020'.

That came after Leinster beat Scarlets 20-13 in a Pro14 top of the table clash in weekend rugby.

But the Leinster Anzac connection could cause problems for their Champions Cup quarterfinal against Saracens on April 1.

Under the laws in place in Ireland, only three Anzacs can be named in a match day squad.

With Leinster's Luke McGrath having been injured against Scarlets, that would mean former Blues and Taranaki halfback Jamison Gibson-Park would have to be promoted leaving either former Brumbies and Australian flanker Scott Fardy or James Lowe to miss selection.

It's something of a conundrum but the Times were in no doubt about who should play.

"Already folk heroes, it seems unthinkable that Leinster would take the field against Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and friends without Fardy and Lowe.

"Especially this madcap winger. Lowe plays Pro 14 like a professional footballer would light up his childhood mates' five-a-side kickabout.

"The standard seems so easy to him. Serving up two tries in the first half, both conversions proved outside Ross Byrne's range but it still gave Leinster a 10-7 interval lead.

"The 14,916 were happy enough but, really they came to see the kid," it said.

Having scored two tries in the first half, Lowe then made a key contribution to a third when breaking a tackle and off-loading for McGrath to score.

The first try of the game was scored by Scarlets fullback, former Crusaders utility Johnny McNicholl but in the process he badly injured his shoulder and was replaced after nine minutes of play.