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Tuqiri's Leinster future uncertain

02nd December 2013 06:08


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Lote Tuqiri's future with Leinster is up in the air after the conclusion of his three-month contract with the IRFU.

Tuqiri's contract finished on December 1st after temporarily joining Leinster at the start of the season.

The 34-year-old former Australia international will reportedly not be offered a new contract by the IRFU, with Leinster boss Matt O'Connor offering no indication of where Tuqiri would end up.

"It's still up in the air," O'Connor told the Irish Times.

"Hopefully (he won't leave). You'll see him somewhere. It's just whether it's the RDS or not. We are going to push it as quick as we can."

With Ireland international brothers Rob and Dave Kearney now back with Leinster after completing the November Tests, O'Connor has a wealth of options in the back three to pick from including South Africa full-back Zane Kirchner and Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald among others.

Admitting to a dilemma when it comes to selection, O'Connor will now plan ahead for the Heineken Cup double-header against Northampton Saints.

"It's a good problem to have. A lot of blokes have played very, very well for us through this international period," added O'Connor.

"The guys who went away and represented Ireland have played some good footie. It will be a tough call."

O'Connor also confirmed that Brian O'Driscoll would be fit for next weekend's repeat of the 2011 Heineken Cup Final.

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