Saturday 24 March 2018

I'd move from Leinster, warns Luke

LEINSTER and Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald will put his love for Leinster aside if the Irish Rugby Football Union does not meet his demands on a new contract.

"I absolutely love Leinster and Ireland and all my family are here. (But) there's always scope for that (a move away) at some stage, absolutely," he said.

"It would be a great experience, not just rugby-wise but for me personally, to test myself in a different environment.

"It's all up in the air at the moment," he added, in reference to the ongoing negotiations.

"The decision is mine. My agent and my dad try to keep me separate from that, especially at a time like this, even though it is time for my contract negotiations. They really want me to focus on the rugby, so I suppose I'll probably be involved in the last-ditch stuff."

Fitzgerald has had to put his personal ambition to one side as Ireland struggle through the Six Nations, just coming up short of their first win in Paris since 2000.

"As regards the long-term ambitions, they're the same as they always have been -- to play well for Leinster and get into the Irish team. That never changes.

"It's one of those really tough things where you want the Irish team to do well, while at the same time saying, 'I'd love if there was an opportunity for me to get in there to play'.

"It's one of those things that sportsmen always struggle with.

"You do want the team to do well, no question about that. But at the same time you're saying, 'I'd love if the guy playing in my position doesn't have his best game'. It's a real tough thing for most sportsmen."

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