O'Connor says Leinster are pondering swoop for Stringer
Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has refused to rule out the possibility of signing former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old will be a free agent after it was confirmed that Bath would not be renewing his contract.
With Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss likely to be away with Ireland at the World Cup for the start of next season and with John Cooney moving to Connacht, Leinster will be on the search for a new scrum-half and O'Connor admitted that Stringer could still perform at a high level.
"We're looking at blokes all the time," O'Connor said. "We're in a position where we might lose two nines for the World Cup, going on the current ranking.
"So anyone who comes onto the market, especially Irish, is of interest to us.
"I think he (Stringer) is doing a great job for Bath. He has 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 said he would continue playing, saying he was looking forward to the "next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere."
O'Connor also voiced his liking for Dublin-born Grenoble scrum-half James Hart but conceded that he is likely to see out his contract (which runs until 2017) with the Top14 side.
Meanwhile, Connacht longest-serving player Michael Swift has announced plans to retire at the end of the season. Swift (37) is currently recovering from a broken leg and hopes to be back to full training in six to eight weeks.
Elsewhere, Hawk-Eye is set to be trailed for the first time during Munster's Pro12 game against Scarlets tomorrow.
The technology will be introduced in the hope that player welfare will be improved while the accuracy and efficiency of the Television Match Official will also be greatly enhanced.
The trials will continue for the remainder of the season.