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Isa Nacewa delighted to remain as Leinster captain for next season

Published 16/08/2016 | 15:46

Isa Nacewa has retained the Leinster captaincy ahead of the new Guinness PRO12 campaign.

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The Fiji flyer led the Dublin-based province last season after the injury-enforced retirement of club captain Kevin McLaughlin, and retains the role for the new term.

The 34-year-old left Leinster and retired from playing in 2013 only to reverse that decision and return ahead of last season.

Head coach Leo Cullen hailed the Auckland-born utility back's enduring influence at Leinster on confirming the former Blues star as skipper.

"He is a perfect role model for the younger players but is also held in the highest regard by the senior members in our squad," said Cullen.

"Isa made a superb contribution to the club on his return last season. He stepped up brilliantly in Kev's (Kevin McLaughlin's) absence and then just grew into the role as the season went on.

"He has a special connection with this club and with the supporters and we all look forward to seeing him back in action."

The one-cap Fiji star missed the PRO12 final against Connacht due to an arm injury but insists he will be ready for the start of the coming campaign.

"I'm delighted to be appointed captain again," said Nacewa.

"This club means a lot to me and my family and I'm looking forward to the season now and to leading the lads again.

"The body feels great. It was definitely worst-case scenario in terms of how the season ended but the beauty of the timing of the injury is that I was here for the whole of the off-season and the planning of the pre-season."

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