Leinster Rugby are no closer to finding a replacement for Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll with O’Connor alluding to attracting a high profile player from the Southern Hemisphere with the World Cup next year, with a replacement for scrum-coach Greg Feek also in the pipeline.
“The market is very tight at the minute. We have exhauseted most of the avenues of filling that slot for next year but there is still abit to go for us being 100% comfortable with our squad in that area. We work on that area every day so that we fit that slot up.
“We are pretty close to signing and announcing something in relation to that (Greg Feek’s replacement). We are a long way down the road on all of those, so it shouldn’t be too far away.”
This week’s game against Edinburgh raises the now weekly questions about Luke Fitzgerald’s fitness. The winger pulled out of the Leinster squad before kick-off against Ulster after being named on the bench and O’Connor insists they will see how Fitzgerald goes in training.
“It’s a week to week proposition. We hope to have him on the park training and if he pulls up alright after that, he will certainly put himself in the mix. It is becoming quite tight relative to what is around the corner, so he needs to get out and play.”