Isa Nacewa Returns To Leinster

Richard Murphy

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Isa Nacewa
Isa Nacewa – Photo: Leinster Rugby

Somewhat appropriately, Isa Nacewa has choosen Easter week to a make a return to Leinster Rugby, a resurrection that will be on biblical porportions for most Leinster fans.

The former Leinster full-back retired in 2013 after Leinster’s Heineken Cup win against Ulster Rugby but last night sources have confirmed that Nacewa has just penned a 1 year contract with the Blues with an official announcement due next week.

The rumour wheel has been in full spin over the past month and only 2 days ago Ian Madigan added petrol to  the fire when he described how Nacewa would be a fantastic signing:

I know he is still in great shape. Leinster is the only club he would play for, if he did make a return to the game. If he did come back, it would be a fantastic signing for the club.

Nacewa has proven to be Leinster’s most successful foreign player having won three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and a league title over his 5 seasons with Leinster – this is in stark contrast to the recent underwhelming foreign signings.

Former team-mate Brian O’Driscoll was quick off the mark this morning and tweeted:

Brian O'Driscoll Tweet
Brian O’Driscoll Tweet

But in a razor quick reply, Ulster winger Andrew Trimble threw his two cents in:

Andrew Trimble Tweet
Andrew Trimble Tweet

Leinster fans will sure be happy to see the return of Nacwea, particularly if he can regain his form which saw the player score tries such as this memorable one against Leicester in the 2011 Heineken Cup.

Interestingly, Leinster did not announce Gordon D’Arcy in their 35 man contract renewal/signing announcement made this week – could this signal the end of one Leinster legend and the return of another?

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Richard Murphy