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There is a battle already brewing between Connacht and Leinster for the services of new international star Robbie Henshaw.

There is a battle already brewing between Connacht and Leinster for the services of new international star Robbie Henshaw.

Leinster are chasing the hottest young prospect in Irish rugby as the current PRO12 champions look to maintain their competitiveness in Europe.

The return home of Jonathan Sexton next season is a sign of Leinster's intent and Henshaw's emergence over the last 12 months has attracted serious attention.

The former Westmeath minor footballer signed a two-year contract extension at Connacht last November to keep him there until the summer of 2016.

However, that could all change.

The decisive issue may be whether Connacht can qualify for next season's Rugby Champions Cup, because the IRFU will want him to play his club rugby at the highest level.

Meanwhile, Ireland full-back Rob Kearney will see a specialist in the coming days to review a blow to the shoulder.

Matt O'Connor will be hoping Kearney recovers in time for the back-to-back rounds three and four of the Champions Cup against Conor O'Shea's Harlequins on December 7 and 13.

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