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Racing step up interest in Murray

24th October 2013 11:27

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In demand: Conor Murray

French big spenders Racing Métro are reportedly interested in securing the services of Munster, Ireland and Lions scrum-half Conor Murray.

Munster head coach Rob Penney had expressed concerns that the provinces may struggle to retain a number of their high-profile stars with lucrative moves to the Top 14 on the table.

The Parisian outfit's owner, Jacky Lorenzetti will head to Ireland on Thursday to attend Ronan O'Gara's testimonial dinner, and reports suggest he will attempt to intensify his efforts to land Murray and fellow British and Irish Lion, Sean O'Brien.

Penney has conceded that the ongoing Heineken Cup saga is affecting Munster's capacity to enter into contract discussions with their more illustrious individuals.

However, the Kiwi feels he will be able to hold onto the powerful scrum-half.

"No, not at this point (there is no worry) as there is too many things up in the air, but potentially there is a challenge there," Penney told the Irish Independent.

"I'm sure that the Irish delegates are working really hard behind the scenes to make sure everyone is going to get out of it what they need - particularly to get a good positive outcome for Irish rugby.

"It's too important to European rugby not to have a collective top competition that embraces everybody. I can't see the Irish people getting left out in the cold. That would be detrimental to Ireland and to the competition because they have done so well in those competitions."

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