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Leinster Linked With Move For Exciting Young New Zealand Back

Leinster Linked With Move For Exciting Young New Zealand Back
By PJ Browne

Leinster appear to be busy in the transfer market at the moment.

Yesterday, 39-cap Australian international Scott Fardy said he's looking forward to joining Leinster next season. Though the province have not yet confirmed his acquisition, Australian media reported that the 32-year-old, who can play at blindside flanker and in the second row, has agreed a two-year deal. It's certainly a shrewd signing for Leinster.

Over recent months, Leinster have also been linked with a number of possible replacements for Zane Kirchner. The South Africa will depart the RDS at the end of the season.

First, there was All Black Israel Dagg. The 28-year-old, who reportedly held a meeting with the Leinster hierarchy while in Dublin with the All Blacks, would have been an exciting signing.

Then there was also Adam Ashley-Cooper. The Aussie is no longer wanted by Bordeaux Begles - something which made Ian Madigan question his team's ambition. However, though Leinster's interest was strong, the 32-year-old apparently prefers a move to Japan.

In today's Irish Independent, David Kelly reports that Leinster are interested in James Lowe.

The 24-year-old is a 6' 2" utility back with tremendous pace who currently plays for Super Rugby side Waikato Chiefs.


Though he has not been capped by the All Blacks, he has played for the Maori All Blacks. That includes this past November, where he turned out against the United States, Harlequins and Munster.

Against the latter, where he played on the wing in a 27-14 defeat at Thomond Park, Lowe scored his side's first try.


Lowe told Stuff.co.nz that to play for the All Blacks is still his aim. However, his contract is up at the end of this season and several teams have already 'come knocking'.

There's always interest overseas but I haven't made any decisions yet.

I don't know quite what I'm going to do.

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