Friday 24 March 2017

French clubs lead chase to secure services of O'Leary

Hugh Farrelly

TOMAS O'LEARY is poised to make a decision on his future with reports that the Ireland and Munster scrum-half has been made several offers by French clubs.

Last November, the Irish Independent reported that O'Leary was interested in a switch to France having fallen behind Conor Murray at Munster and failing to make the Ireland World Cup squad.

France media sources are now claiming that the 28-year-old, whose contract is up at the end of the season, has been made at least two offers by French clubs which O'Leary is certain to consider if he cannot secure a suitable deal to remain in Ireland.

O'Leary was Ireland's first-choice scrum-half from 2008 through to last year's Six Nations and earned Lions selection after helping Ireland to the Grand Slam in 2009.

However, the Corkman was not included in the Ireland Six Nations squad announced last week ahead of the opening clash with Wales in a fortnight's time. Ireland coach Declan Kidney named Murray and Leinster's Eoin Reddan as his top two scrum-halves with O'Leary and Isaac Boss included in the Wolfhounds squad to face England A at the end of this month.

O'Leary is on the Munster bench for this evening's Heineken Cup clash with Northampton at Franklin's Gardens, with Murray partnering Ronan O'Gara at half-back.

Irish Independent

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