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Cronin signs two-year Leinster deal

Leinster have confirmed two of the worst-kept secrets in Irish rugby by announcing that their April Heineken Cup quarter-final date against Leicester Tigers will take place at the Aviva Stadium, while Sean Cronin has finally put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Coach Joe Schmidt assented to chief executive Mick Dawson's reasoning on the decision to opt against an RDS quarter-final -- a potential €3m-€4m windfall, along with the Kiwi's belief that his side could achieve what would be a hat-trick of wins at IRFU headquarters.

Dawson insisted that Leinster would maintain their existing commitment to the large tracts of underage/family packages available, while more than 18,000 season-ticket holders will be afforded priority purchase options.

"Over the coming days we will finalise competitive ticket prices," said Dawson, "mindful of the difficult economic climate and the great commitment of our supporters, both at home and abroad, over recent seasons."

Cronin (left) decided to move to Leinster because "their ambitions mirror my own" -- the former Munster and Connacht player's capture was confirmed yesterday.

"It's great that Sean has confirmed that he will join us this summer," said Schmidt. "He is a dynamic and talented front-rower who will add experience at hooker following the retirement of John Fogarty earlier this season."

Irish Independent