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Four into three won't go: Leinster's back-three options

Published 04/12/2013 | 02:30

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Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald
Zane Kirchner, Leinster

OPTION ONE

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Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney,

Zane Kirchner

With the elder Kearney nailed on at full-back, the fact that he linked up so well with his brother on international duty, even providing him with a scoring pass, might come into Matt O'Connor's thoughts.

Kirchner would start if Fitzgerald (above) was deemed a better utility option from the bench.

Option TWO

Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald,

Zane Kirchner

Fitzgerald is one of the best tacklers in the game and O'Connor could deploy him to ensure that the giant George North gets nailed every time.

In this scenario, there is an outside chance Dave Kearney may even struggle to make the bench, such are the array of flexible replacement options available to Leinster. This is highly unlikely though, particularly as there has been no update from the club as to Lote Tuqiri's future.

Option THREE

Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney,

Luke Fitzgerald

Given that Leinster will be investing heavily in these two games in terms of tactics and rotation, O'Connor may decide that Kirchner (right) represents a better 'home' selection next weekend, in the same manner that his front five and half-back selections will be determined by the fact that the first of these back-to-back games is away.

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