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O'Connor: New signings more robust
28 Aug 2014 18:06
Leinster coach Matt O’Connor says his new southern hemisphere signings can give his side a new dimension.
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The Pro12 champions have snapped up second row Kane Douglas from the NSW Waratahs, and Samoa international centre Ben Te'o from rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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Ahead of Leinster’s opening tie away to last year’s beaten finalists Glasgow Warriors on Saturday week, O’Connor told RTÉ Sport: “Across the board, we’ve probably got a better age profile, no disrespect to Brian [O’Driscoll] and Leo [Cullen], I think we’ve got a more robust squad. I think we can probably get a little bit more out of them in the training environment.
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“There’s a lot of things to work on. A couple of the guys that we’ve recruited from the southern hemisphere will give us a new dimension that we probably haven’t had in a while, and hopefully that will take our game forward."
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O’Connor is particularly enthused with the addition of 14-cap Australia international Douglas.
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He added: “He’s a great young kid. He’s 25 and he’s played a hell of a lot of Super [12s] rugby. He plays 80 minutes every week.
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“He was incredibly keen and positive about the move. He will give us a little bit youth and experience and starch in that tight five, which in the conditions in Europe will be massively important.”
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