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Luke deal on the cards

Coach Joe Schmidt has given the clearest indication yet that Luke Fitzgerald is close to committing his future to Leinster.

"We would like to think that something will emerge in the next week or so. This week, it has been less of a priority, to be honest," said Schmidt.

The fact that an announcement has not been made would suggest Fitzgerald and the Irish Rugby Football Union are heading towards agreement.

This would come as good news to Ireland coach Declan Kidney, given the form Fitzgerald has demonstrated since returning from injury.

Schmidt confirmed Isa Nacewa was set to sign on for another year.