Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has indicated that he would be open to the idea of signing former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer and said the player could “definitely” still play at the level needed for Pro12 and Champions Cup action.
37-year-old Stringer announced earlier this week that he be leaving Bath, where he has been playing for the past two seasons, at the end of this season.
With Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss still very much in the frame for being part of Ireland’s Word Cup squad for this year’s tournament, Leinster face the prospect of needing scrum-half cover, raising the possibility of the former Munster star joining his erstwhile provincial rivals.
Considering the possibility of such a move, O’Connor said: “We’re probably in a position where we might lost two nines for the World Cup, going on the current ranking,”
“So anyone who comes on to the market, especially Irish, is of interest to us.
“We’re involved in that recruitment process the whole time. It’s a 12-month job, and if there are blokes who we think can add value, and they fit the criteria, then we’ll look at them.”
Asked whether he thought Stringer could still perform to the level required for the Pro12 and Champions Cup, O’Connor was unequivocal: “Oh, definitely.
“I think he’s been doing a great job for Bath. He’s been very good for them, and if it was a [World Cup-affected] squad, or whatever, it might be an opportunity for us.”