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Saturday 21 September 2019

Reid adds to the drain on Leinster

Leinster's Noel Reid
Leinster's Noel Reid

The list of players leaving Leinster is lengthening as Noel Reid becomes the latest to depart the province.

Last season, Joey Carbery left for Munster while Jordi Murphy departed for Ulster.

Club captain Isa Nacewa retired for a second time.

This season, Jack McGrath is on his way to Ulster, Sean O'Brien to London Irish and Nick McCarthy to Munster.

Now, the experienced Reid will take leave of Leinster for the Leicester Tigers.

To this point, Reid has amassed 120 caps in his Leinster career and has been a factor in Europe this season with five appearances in the Champions Cup.

"It's obviously sad to be leaving my home club and the club that I supported growing up," said Reid.

"That being said, I'm very excited to be joining a club like Leicester, with its history and success in the game, and to become a Tigers player next season.

There could come a time, in the not-too-distant future, when Leinster's haemorrhage could compromise how they challenge in the Champions Cup.

Unlike Saracens, for instance, they can only recruit the odd foreigner - they can't even use all of those this season - and are primarily restricted to a policy of promotion from within from their Academy.

Reid will be joined in the East-Midlands club by Munster's Jaco Taute.

"We've obviously seen Jaco close-up in European competition," said Leicester coach Geordan Murphy.

"He is a big, physical unit in the backline with extensive experience in the southern hemisphere and also at the top-end of European rugby."

Further to this, Duncan Casey has announced his retirement at the age of 28.

The former Munster hooker found work in France with Grenoble only to be frustrated by multiple injuries.

"Thanks Munster & Grenoble for allowing me to have the job every boy dreams of having," shared Casey through his twitter account.

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