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Leinster target Lowe as Fardy signs up

By David Kelly

As Australian international Scott Fardy confirmed he will join Leinster next season - and not Sale - the Irish province have stepped up their quest for an outside back, with Waikato Chiefs' James Lowe the latest to raise their eyebrows.

With prospective purchase Adam Ashley-Cooper deciding that the part-time, full-on wages in the Japanese league were more to his liking, Lowe's name has appeared on the radar, aided by his own efforts to broadcast imminent availability.

"There's always interest overseas but I haven't made any decisions yet, there are always people knocking on your doorstep," said the 24-year-old, as Leinster seek to fill the non-Irish qualified slot that will be bequeathed by South African Zane Kirchner this summer.

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

An All Blacks call-up could turn his head but that hasn't arrived - yet.

"I'm just going to be here with the Chiefs and try to play as well as I can," said the winger, who crossed twice in the opening Super Rugby round against the Highlanders last weekend.

"If it comes, it comes. That's the plan."

However, 32-year-old utility forward Fardy declared his intentions quite freely yesterday.

"It's still a big year ahead at the Brumbies," said the man who has fallen off Michael Cheika's Wallaby register.

"I'm also excited about the chance to join Leinster next season. But I've got a lot that I want to achieve at the Brumbies and it should be a great year with the boys."

Fardy will nominally be a lock but can also cover at flanker, and IRFU head honcho David Nucifora is still keen to move a Leinster back-rower north to Ulster, with Dominic Ryan and Jack Conan regularly mentioned on the grapevine.

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