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Leinster coach Matt O'Connor: New signings will add new dimension

Updated: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 18:50 | Comments

Kane Douglas will compete for a place in the team with Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy among others Ben Te'o joins from rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs
Kane Douglas will compete for a place in the team with Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy among others Ben Te'o joins from rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Leinster coach Matt O’Connor says his new southern hemisphere signings can give his side a new dimension.

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.

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.

“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."

O’Connor is particularly enthused with the addition of 14-cap Australia international Douglas.

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.

“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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