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Easterby's no 9 delight

LEINSTER manager and former Ireland scrum-half Guy Easterby believes it is "fantastic" to have Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss contesting the No 9 jersey, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.

Both Leinster scrum-halves were in Ireland's World Cup squad in New Zealand and have been in impressive form since their return and Easterby, who won 28 caps between 2000 and 2005, says the competition between the two is benefitting everyone.

"Yeah, they are not too bad are they? I think they have just carried on from last year, with both getting opportunities and both playing well," said Easterby.

"They are in good shape the two of them, it is just fantastic to have them on board, not just on the pitch, they are a great influence in the environment off the pitch; they are both really fantastic professionals."

Leinster have sold more than 43,000 tickets for the rematch with Bath at Lansdowne Road on Saturday and Easterby is hopeful second-row Steven Sykes will be available after falling ill last week, revealing that the second row lost 3kgs in one day.

Flanker Dominic Ryan, who has been out with a leg injury, is due to see a specialist today.

"We will know more then," said Easterby.

"I don't think it will be too much longer."

Irish Independent