Rugby Rumour: Leinster back rower wanted by Premiership duo

  • Jack Conan is attracting the interest of both the Exeter and the Leicester
  • He’s currently still behind Jamie Heaslip in the pecking order
  • The 24-year-old ideally wants to stay but accepts he may have to leave
Irish back row Jack Conan is mulling over a move to the Aviva Premiership with two clubs said to be currently vying for his services.

The Daily Telegraph claim the Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers are trying to tempt the 24-year-old to cross the Irish Channel and turn his back on his home province of Leinster.

Conan, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the Champions Cup destruction of Montpellier last month, recently told The42.ie: “Maybe somewhere else is better but I want to play for Leinster.


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“For me I want to be the best player I can be and I want to be one of the best back rowers in Ireland.

“If I left and gave up on the opportunity to get ahead of someone, I wouldn’t be the best.”



Although tipped for a big future in the game, Conan has been unable to emerge from the shadow of British and Irish Lions number eight Jamie Heaslip.

The 93-cap Ireland international signed a new deal with the IRFU this week to keep him at Leinster until after the 2019 World Cup, meaning Conan could remain behind Heaslip in the pecking order for at least two-and-a-half more years.

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