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Blues weigh up Gopperth move

LEINSTER are being heavily linked with a move for Newcastle Falcons' New Zealand fly-half Jimmy Gopperth, 29.

The European champions are in the market for an experienced, European-based fly-half after losing Jonny Sexton to Racing Metro for next season.

While Ian Madigan will be given a chance to stake his claim for the No 10 jersey, Joe Schmidt wants an option who can compete with the 23-year-old, who was called into the Ireland squad yesterday.