While Leinster rugby are expected to name Australian lock Kane Douglas as a new transfer signing this week, Head Coach Matt O’Connor stated the Waratahs player fits the profile as successor to Leo Cullen but a deal has yet to be done.
With Cullen having announced he would step away from playing earlier in the season, O’Connor spoke about the long process involved.
Having been capped 14 times by Australia, the move will rule himself out of the 2015 World Cup but is likely to follow fellow Wallaby Ben Moen who joins Toulon in the summer, to the Northern Hemisphere.
“He’s a guy we have identified. The deal hasn’t been done. If that gets across the line it would be positive for us. He fits the profile what we were looking at and we have an announcement in the next couple of weeks hopefully.
“To be fair, we knew we were going to go after a high profile lock early in the season given Leo (Culllen’s) departure to the coaching staff. From that end we identified a skill set we were after and a handful of guys and we are pretty close to making an announcement to that.”