LEINSTER may swoop for Connacht star Mike McCarthy as they look to alleviate their second-row injury crisis.
With South African import Quinn Roux sidelined with a dislocated shoulder, it has emerged that the reigning Heineken Cup champions are keen to sign McCarthy who was a revelation in the November series for Ireland.
Connacht will resist any move for one of their more experienced players, according to CEO Tom Sears.
"He is an intrinsic member of our squad who has come through our system here and we need to hold on to players like him," Sears said. "We have spoken to Mike and we have spoken to the IRFU and outlined how important it is that he stays with us."
Meanwhile, Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has joined Munster's injury list for this weekend's clash with the Glasgow Warriors after sustaining a knee injury.
It is not though to be serious enough to rule Murray out of Munster's crucial back-to-back clashes with Saracens next month, but the prognosis on Paul O'Connell's availability for Heineken Cup action in December is far more unknown.
"Paul's injury is a frustrating one. It is a case of waiting and seeing with him," Reds boss Rob Penney said.