Saturday 17 March 2018

Could Peter Stringer be set for a move to Leinster?

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor open to "opportunity" to sign Munster legend.

Bath announced earlier this week that scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of this season.
Bath announced earlier this week that scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of this season.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Munster player Peter Stringer could line out for Leinster next season after head coach Matt O'Connor admitted he may need cover at scrum half with potential World Cup absentees.

Bath revealed this week that the 37 year-old will be leaving the Aviva Premiership side at the end of the season where he will be replaced by Glasgow star Niko Matawalu next summer, but is keen to continue playing.

Stringer left his home province after winning Heineken Cups in 2006 and 2008 and won the last of his 98 caps for Ireland in 2011. Speaking at a press conference in the RDS today O'Connor admitted that Leinster could well be in the market for a number nine with the World Cup on the horizon.

 “We’re looking at blokes all the time,” he said. “We’re probably in a position where we might lose two nines for the World Cup, going on the current [Ireland] ranking. So anyone who comes onto the market is of interest to us.

"We’re involved in that recruitment process the whole time, it’s a 12-month job and if there’s blokes we think can add value, and they fit the criteria, we’ll look at them."

“I think he [Stringer] is doing a great job for Bath. I think he’s been very good for them and if it was a World Cup slot, or whatever, well then it might be an opportunity for us.”

Stringer expressed his disappointment that he won't continue at the Rec after the decision to leave was made public.

"I am, of course, disappointed not to be staying at Bath, but I am very much looking forward to the next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere," he said.

"I've had a great two years here and worked with some very talented players and coaches in that time."

A return to Munster would be highly unlikely after the province confirmed the re-signing of Tomas O'Leary and a new contract for Duncan Williams in recent weeks.

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