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Cullen 'hopeful' that Heaslip will remain at Leinster and Ireland

The number eight has suggested he is open to moving on at the end of the season.

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen says he is “hopeful” of retaining Jamie Heaslip’s services beyond this season.

The Ireland number eight’s contract with the IRFU comes to an end in the summer of 2017 and the inevitable speculation over his future has followed.

Speculation which was fuelled by the man himself in BT Sport interview released yesterday where Heaslip stated he remained open to a move,  joking that he was an “army brat” and saying his birth abroad was a reason he would feel happy living outside of this country.

The quote was put to Cullen after he included Heaslip in his side to face Northampton Saints tonight, and the former second row was laid back and in good humour as he responded “I’m hopeful” that Heaslip would remain in his native province.

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