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“I can see how that would make sense to some people’s minds”

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admits he can understand why Munster’s Jason Jenkins has been linked with a summer switch to the capital.

Jenkins, capped once by the Springboks in 2018, joined Munster last summer but injuries limited him to just one appearance which amounted to 18 minutes from the bench against Castres last month.

“We don’t normally comment on this speculation, but I can see how it would make sense to some people’s minds, of course,” a smiling Cullen said. “I know that Johann (van Graan) speaks very, very well of him. That’s a great man.”

Leinster’s quest for a fifth European Cup has ended at the hands of big, powerful sides in recent seasons with Saracens (twice) and La Rochelle getting the upper hand physically and the coaching staff doing so. spoken openly lately.

Jenkins is a huge physical specimen and would certainly add muscle to the province pack as a tighthead lock and Cullen himself addressed the physical side of that equation when reacting to the question about the former Blue Bulls man.

“You see in some of the big games – South Africa winning the World Cup and that Lions series – the particular emphasis on the scrum and the maul… We’re not bringing in a huge amount of guys from the outside because you would be well aware.

“Big Mike Ala’alatoa is our only foreign player. Mike starts this weekend. He had an incredible impact. Sometimes a bit of that outside experience is good for the group.

“Mike is also a really big man which is good. He and his family have settled in well. He’s a good member of the group. You can see the quality he brings. We’ll comment later if there is has something official to announce.