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Leinster confirm two new short term signings as a familiar face returns

Jamie Hagan will return for a third spell with the province.

Hagan played four times while on loan with the province last season.
Hagan played four times while on loan with the province last season.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated 16.00

LEINSTER WILL WELCOME back their former prop Jamie Hagan on a short term deal next season, as they prepare for the mass exodous of World Cup stars.

Leo Cullen’s side could lose as many as eight front row players alone for the duration of the tournament, with at least six likely to make the final squad of 31.

Their former tighthead Jamie Hagan has been confirmed as a loan signing for his third spell with the province, having started his career with his native Leinster, and returning on a short term deal as cover during last season.

The 28-year-old was released by London Irish, where he had been since 2013.

The Blues have also confirmed that Clontarf backrow Tony Ryan is also joining on a short term deal.

The news comes after seven adademy players were handed professional contracts yesterday, some of which are on a short term basis.

Tadhg Beirne, brothers Ed and Bryan Byrne, Dan Leavy, Cathal Marsh, Gavin Thornbury and Josh van den Flier have all signed their first full contracts with the province.

As well as that, Joey Carbery, Oisin Heffernan Jeremy Loughman, Sean McNulty, Josh Murphy and David O’Connor – all of whom featured in the recent u20 World Championship – are the new recruits into the Leinster Academy for this season.

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