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Leinster turn attentions to Ashley-Cooper

By David Kelly

After missing out on what would have been a significant coup in the shape of All Black star Israel Dagg, Leinster are prepared to re-direct their attention towards another suitor who spurned them in the past.

Australian Adam Ashley-Cooper, who turned down a potential move to Leinster four years ago, has been alerted to the Irish province's interest after Bordeaux-Begles confirmed earlier this season that they would release him this summer.

London Irish, destined for a return to the top flight of English rugby, have also expressed a strong interest but Leinster would have available funds, and a vacant slot for an overseas player, with Zane Kirchner expected to depart at the end of the season.

Ashley-Cooper, who turns 33 next month and has won 116 caps for his country, has also been linked with a move to Japanese side Kintetsu but Munster will be confident of doing a deal.

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