With Isa Nacewa now retired, Leinster are on the lookout for someone to fill the massive void left by the 35-year-old Auckland born back.
Nacewa has been one of the cornerstones of Leinster’s success over the past decade and no matter who Leinster sign, his loss will be sorely felt both on and off the pitch.
Nevertheless, the Leinster wheel will continue to turn and the province are reportedly close to signing a new NIQ (Non Irish Qualified) player to help ease with the post-Nacewa era.
According to a report in The42, Leinster are close to signing Montpellier centre and former Wallaby, Joe Tomane.
Tomane switched to union from rugby league back in 2011 where he notched up 60 Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies while also representing Australia 17 times.
He made the move to the Top 14 after the 2015 World Cup and has lined out at both 12 and 13 for Montpellier since.
With Jamison Gibson-Park and James Lowe both eligible to play for Ireland in June 2019 and November 2020, respectively, it is understood the IRFU have no issue with Leo Cullen’s side recruiting an NIQ player.
With Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose likely to miss significant portions of the season due to Ireland commitments, Tomane’s arrival is seen as ideal considering he will be available for those crucial parts of the season.
According to the report, the only hurdle preventing the signing from going ahead is the securing of a work permit.