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Leinster hope for compromise

LEINSTER are hoping that the legal issues raised by the Irish Independent regarding the IRFU's controversial Player Succession Strategy will lead to a major rethink by the union.

In an exclusive article in the Irish Independent last Friday, a leading barrister questioned the legality of the IRFU's new policy on overseas recruitment, claiming the measures could be discriminatory under EU Law. These claims were backed up by other legal sources over the weekend and, while the IRFU have yet to comment, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt believes this increased pressure could force a compromise.

"There have been some statements made about it," said Schmidt, referring to the legal issues. "My hope is that they (the IRFU) will factor those into their decision-making and there will be some kind of compromise."

Schmidt will meet with the other provincial coaches this week to plot a plan for lobbying the Union.

Meanwhile, South African media claim Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal is still in the mix for the role of Springboks coach when the SARU announce their man later this week. According to reports, the SARU are prepared to let Smal start in April, after his Six Nations involvement with Ireland is concluded.

Irish Independent