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Hunt is on for Leo the Lion's mate

LEINSTER'S Leo the Lion has a den full of 10 potential mates in the running to become the club's new mascot.

Children from across the province have let their imaginations run wild to create a suitable new mate for their hero.

The boys in blue and their supporters will now vote on the final 10 and the winning entrant will be made into a larger-than-life team mascot.

A Leinster representative said that there was a "massive" response to the competition. Finally, 10 were chosen from the thousands of entrants.

Rebecca Cavaliere (12), from Gorey Central School, Wexford, believes that Leona the Lioness would be well suited to Leo, while Milena Blachowinz (10), from St Brigid's Primary School, Haddington Road, Dublin, thinks Lily the Ladybird would be a good match.

But some think that it will take a bird to turn Leo's eye. Rhea Kelly (11), from Monasteroris National School, Co Offaly, wants to see Puffy the Penguin and Amber Gillespie (7) from Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Co Louth, has opted for Henry the Hen.

The winner will receive a Leinster party at their school, 400 tickets to attend a Leinster Rugby game, and club merchandise.

Voting details are on the club's Facebook page.