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The flying wing, another O'Brien and the Ulster hooker - meet the seven new recruits to the Leinster Academy

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Andrew Smith (left), Sean O'Brien (centre) and John McKee (right) are among the seven new additions to Leinster's academy.

Andrew Smith (left), Sean O'Brien (centre) and John McKee (right) are among the seven new additions to Leinster's academy.

Andrew Smith (left), Sean O'Brien (centre) and John McKee (right) are among the seven new additions to Leinster's academy.

One of the more interesting press releases every off-season is Leinster's annual announcement of their first-year academy intake.

With an underage system the envy of world rugby, it's always worth noting which prospects are deemed worthy of a full place inside the tent, and who is left outside looking in.

It is by no means the end of the road for players not selected, nor is it a guarantee of senior success for those who are - but it's instructive nonetheless.