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    <DIV =LeadPara>Leinster contract negotiations:Leinster have confirmed the signings of former South African prop Ollie Le Roux and Argentinian prop Juan Gomez for next season and expect to be in a position to announce the final roster of players within the next two weeks. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>Le Roux, who will be 34 next month, won 54 caps for the Springboks, making his debut against England in 1994 and playing his last game against New Zealand in 1999. On Saturday he leads the South African Super 14 side, the Cheetahs, against the Auckland Blues in place of the injured Juan Smith. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The versatile prop, who can also play hooker, will arrive in Ireland on a one-year contract and is seen as someone who can help the development of youngsters like Ireland Under-20 internationals Cian Healy, Ruaidhri Murphy and Jamie Hagan, who have graduated to the Leinster Academy. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Healy has already been included in a senior Leinster squad this season and may see some game time prior to the end of the Magners Celtic League campaign. The intention is to bring all three players through over the next couple of seasons as they develop accordingly. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The 24-year-old Gomez is a noted scrummager and he has agreed to join Leinster after a brief contract with Stade Francais. The French club needed quality frontrow cover after international Sylvain Marconnet broke his leg and so Gomez signed on a short-term deal but will link up with the Irish province this summer. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Le Roux and Gomez join Stephen Knoop and Chris Keane, who will arrive from Connacht, Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings, repatriated from the Leicester Tigers, and Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Cillian Willis, Jonathan Sexton and Ross McCarron, who have been given senior contracts, having previously been in the Leinster Academy. Cook Islander Stanley Wright has been given a new contract - he arrived on a short term deal - following a series of outstanding displays in the latter part of the season. Negotiations are ongoing with flanker cum second row Cameron Jowitt. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Guy Easterby, Leinster's most capped player in their history, Reggie Corrigan, Will Green and 24-year-old Ciaran Potts all retire at the end of the current campaign. Potts has been unfortunate as he has been dogged by a series of injury problems. Kieran Lewis and Niall Ronan head south to Munster, while Andy Dunne and Lansdowne and former Ireland Under-21 captain and prop John Lyne will link up with Connacht. World Cup winner and former Wallaby Owen Finegan is believed to have been offered a short term contract with the Leicester Tigers. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Leinster will also bid adieu to Harry Vermaas, Adam Byrnes, Des Dillon, Rob Sweeney and Stephen Grissing. The latter pair, who currently play with St Mary's College, may be in line to join Clontarf coach Phil Werahiko, who takes over at Rotherham next season. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Leinster provided the lion's share of the Grand Slam winning Ireland Under-20 side this season and are keen to nurture that talent, a fact illustrated by the arrival of hooker Richard Sweeney (a brother of Robert) in the Academy, where he'll join players like Russian-born wing Vasily Artemiev. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The province is currently choosing players for their sub-academy and that will include players like Ireland Under-20 and Seapoint fullback Felix Jones and Under-19 international Eoin O'Malley. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Work on the new stand at Donnybrook will start on May 8th - Leinster play one final match at the venue against the Border Reivers ahead of the redevelopment - while the province will move into next season's home, the RDS for a September 22nd debut.
    Seas suas agus troid!

    #2
    Think Le Roux islong past it,thou he may work out for them in a strange sort of way(bring on the young players etc)...and keeping Wright for another year is a joke too...but there you go..... suppose he can only get better....
    Seas suas agus troid!

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      #3



      Eat your way to this.......



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      Perhaps his inspiration is....



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        #4


        The La Roux signing is a complete joke. I'd urge anyone who wants a laugh this weekend to check out that S14 game. Wright's fitness has improved a lot since he signed up. I'd have him ahead of Ronnie Mc Cormack. Then againthats not saying much.
        My computer thinks I'm gay
        What's the difference anyway
        When all the people do all day
        Is stare into a phone

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          #5
          Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.

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            #6



            Originally posted by dobbs
            Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
            Elaborate.


            Anyway I can't see LeRoux being anything other than a sub. I'd probably have

            Gomez Jackman Knoop
            ......Cullen Hogan
            Keogh Heaslip Jennings

            Not a bad pack. Would still like a bruiser in the 2nd row but oh well. Also that article says negotiations ongoing with Jowitt. I hope to fock he's gone next season. I can't see him doing any good and all he's doing is holding back Kev McLaughlin.

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              #7


              Well dan, for one, great to see Leinster putting their faith in young, Irish talent i.e. Cian Healy, and not signing over-the-hill, foreign imports i.e. Ollie Le Roux.
              Chickens don\'t CLAP!!!

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                #8

                Originally posted by dobbs
                Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
                Also got one of the best if not the best young prop in Argentina. And possibley Ireland next tighthead. For me we have recruited well, a big "enforcer" style lock in the Bob Casey mould would be the great too, anyone know anything about Damien Browne at Northampton?

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                  #9


                  Originally posted by Mucky Boots

                  Well dan, for one, great to see Leinster putting their faith in young, Irish talent i.e. Cian Healy, and not signing over-the-hill, foreign imports i.e. Ollie Le Roux.
                  Cian Healy is not ready to play professional rugby yet as a prop, he's 19 bloody years old. Do you honestly think having a 50+ cap prop around to learn from is going to detriment him at all? LeRoux is gone in a year, he's not going to hold back any of the youngsters long-term.

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                    #10


                    Originally posted by epaddy
                    Originally posted by dobbs
                    Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
                    Also got one of the best if not the best young prop in Argentina.

                    If so great,whay would Stade let him go/make no attempt to keep him?
                    Seas suas agus troid!

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14

                      Originally posted by epaddy
                      Originally posted by dobbs
                      Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
                      Also got one of the best if not the best young prop in Argentina.

                      If so great,whay would Stade let him go/make no attempt to keep him?
                      Why did they sign him in the first place?

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                        #12

                        Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14

                        Originally posted by epaddy
                        Originally posted by dobbs
                        Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
                        Also got one of the best if not the best young prop in Argentina.

                        If so great,whay would Stade let him go/make no attempt to keep him?
                        Because he was on a joker with Stade and he had already signed for Leinster next season
                        Karma

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                          #13

                          Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14

                          Originally posted by epaddy
                          Originally posted by dobbs
                          Leinster get Ollie Le Roux and Newcastle pick up Carl Hayman, nuff said.
                          Also got one of the best if not the best young prop in Argentina.

                          If so great,whay would Stade let him go/make no attempt to keep him?
                          From what I understand he had agreed to sign for Leinster next season when SF approched him to cover for the injured Marcounet. Leinster had also made an offer to the end of the season but he had said he wanted to finish his studys. SF offered him a colossial amount of money till the end of the season.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by danthefan
                            Originally posted by Mucky Boots


                            Well dan, for one, great to see Leinster putting their faith in young, Irish talent i.e. Cian Healy, and not signing over-the-hill, foreign imports i.e. Ollie Le Roux.

                            Cian Healy is not ready to play professional rugby yet as a prop, he's 19 bloody years old. Do you honestly think having a 50+ cap prop around to learn from is going to detriment him at all? LeRoux is gone in a year, he's not going to hold back any of the youngsters long-term.

                            I persume reggie is not leaving Dublin...get him in to coach or smth if you love him so much...why sign a player you think at best will be on your bench?And also keep stan?


                            Can any1 tell me,and this is a serious qs-Is le roux the hamburger eating chanpion of SA or smth(or won that in the past?)?
                            Seas suas agus troid!

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                              #15

                              Originally posted by LLCOOLJ14
                              Originally posted by danthefan
                              Originally posted by Mucky Boots


                              Well dan, for one, great to see Leinster putting their faith in young, Irish talent i.e. Cian Healy, and not signing over-the-hill, foreign imports i.e. Ollie Le Roux.

                              Cian Healy is not ready to play professional rugby yet as a prop, he's 19 bloody years old. Do you honestly think having a 50+ cap prop around to learn from is going to detriment him at all? LeRoux is gone in a year, he's not going to hold back any of the youngsters long-term.

                              I persume reggie is not leaving Dublin...get him in to coach or smth if you love him so much...@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">why sign a player you think at best will be on your bench@@@@/SPAN>?And also keep stan?


                              Can any1 tell me,and this is a serious qs-Is le roux the hamburger eating chanpion of SA or smth(or won that in the past?)?
                              That's one of the stupidest things I've ever read. I'm not even replying to your nonsense.

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