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Leinster confident of Hagan capture

LEINSTER are believed to have agreed a deal to re-sign tight-head prop Jamie Hagan, who left the province to join Connacht in 2009.

Last week, the Irish Independent reported how Balbriggan native Hagan had yet to put pen to paper on a new contract with Connacht, despite an announcement that he had done just that. Connacht revealed that it was a verbal agreement, but said they were "confident" of Hagan staying.

Now, it is understood that, after strong interest from an English Premiership club, believed to be London Irish, the 23-year-old Hagan, on the bench for the Irish Wolfhounds against Scotland 'A' tomorrow night, has agreed to rejoin Leinster.

Leinster have Ireland senior squad member Mike Ross and fellow tight-head Stan Wright, yet to play this season due to injury, on their books and sources indicate that Munster are keen for Ross to return to his native province next season.

Meanwhile, the dates, venues and times for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals were announced yesterday with Leinster taking on Leicester in a tea-time (6.0) kick-off at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, April 9. Earlier that day, Perpignan take on Toulon in Barcelona's 55,000-capacity Olympic Stadium at 4.30 (local time), while Ulster face Northampton in Milton Keynes the following afternoon at 2.0. The last quarter-final sees champions Toulouse also making the trip to Spain to take on last season's beaten finalists Biarritz at the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastian.


(All kick-offs local time)

Saturday, April 9

4.30 -- Perpignan v Toulon, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona (55,000)

6.0 -- Leinster v Leicester, Lansdowne Road, Dublin (51,000)

Sunday, April 10

2.0 -- Northampton v Ulster, Milton Keynes (21,500)

5.30 -- Biarritz v Toulouse, Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian (32,000)

Irish Independent