Sunday 17 December 2017

My wife will make final decision on Leinster future, not IRFU – Nacewa

Isa Nacewa. Photo: Getty Images
Isa Nacewa. Photo: Getty Images
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster's flying Fijian Isa Nacewa insists that it won't be the IRFU who decide when he finishes his career -- but his wife.

Nacewa is primed to be the first high-profile casualty of the IRFU's new edict restricting foreign players at provincial clubs, although he has been allowed to extend his remarkably successful stay one further year until 2014.

And he has already declared that he would rather finish his career at Leinster than chase a big-money move to England or France when finally forced to leave the country where his three children were born.

"You have to live in the moment," he said. "I'd love to stay here at Leinster for as long as I can, but at the end of the day it might come back to being my wife's decision about the kids and where she wants them to go to school.

"So at the end of the day I think it's tied down to her as to whether we stay or not."

Leinster are cautiously hopeful that veteran All-Black second-row Brad Thorn will be seen again in a blue shirt next season after coach Richie Murphy admitted that Leinster's priority transfer targets are a utility back and a second-row.

"At this moment, no, there's not a likelihood that he will stay," said Murphy. "There is stuff going on in the background regarding that position, not necessarily with Brad.

"It is something we are not necessarily in a position to really announce at the moment but there is a lot of hard work going into looking for that overseas player.

"He has been fantastic, he has really added to the team for us. He was brought in for a three-month period and it has paid off for us.

"There is stuff going on in the background regarding next year and who will fill that position. Who knows, it could be possible that Brad ends up being back at a later stage, but he is contracted in Japan, and we will be saying goodbye after this game on Sunday.

"He has been a great influence on the squad. Definitely from a Leinster point of view we would be delighted to see him back."

Irish Independent

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