York-born, Tom Denton , the 24 years old, 6ft 6 ins, 17 st 8 lbs, Leeds Carnegie lock is on his way to Leinster rugby according to ‘The Rugby Paper’ , the game’s leading journal in the UK.
Denton who is Irish qualified has often been tipped as a future England international so the proposed move to Leinster would give him opportunities to impress the Irish selectors.
Only last March, Denton signed a new two year contract with the Leeds club but since their relegation from the Aviva Premiership it was inevitable that some of the more promising players would move on.
The ‘signing’ of Denton is without doubt closely linked to Yorkshire-born Simon Easterby, the Leinster team coach who has been monitoring the player’s progress for some time now, according to sources in
Leinster will be pleased to have Denton in their squad especially with the new rule changes relating to foreign players . Talking about the former Malton and Norton forward, former Leicester and England star, Neil Back , his coach at Leeds Carnegie at the time said some months ago that
“He is one of the bright stars of the Premiership and a potential England international of the future.”
The proposed move to Leinster rugby does suggest he may see his international future with Ireland albeit he has represented England at U18 level and has previously said that the greatest influence on his early career has been now England coach Stuart Lancaster.