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Leinster Expected To Announce Signing Of New Zealand Scrumhalf In Coming Days

Leinster Expected To Announce Signing Of New Zealand Scrumhalf In Coming Days
By Conor O'Leary

It's no secret that Leinster have been searching for a new scrum-half. With Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss on the advanced side of 35, and Luke McGrath being the only other senior option they have actively admitted that they are searching for a scrumhalf.

According to Peter O'Reilly in the Sunday Times, they have found their man and are expecting to announce the signing this week. That player is 24-year-old New Zealand Jamison Gibson-Park. Gibson-Park has recently moved from the Blues to the Hurricanes, and has 30 Super Rugby caps to his name.

He will compete with 23-year-old Luke McGrath for a starting job, and will qualify to play for Ireland after three years of residency. Gibson-Park has represented the New Zealand Maori's but not the sevens team or the All Blacks.

The scrum-half was the starter for the Blues before he moved south to Wellington to back up All Black TJ Perenara. He's got a quick pass, and an eye for a break. It's by no means a big-name signing, but could have an impact with Leinster similar to past imports like Chris Whittaker or Munster's Paul Warwick.

See Also: Leinster Have Identified Three Potential New Scrumhalf Signings

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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