Leinster sign Maori All Black scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park

He will join Leinster from the Hurricanes in time for pre-season training on July 1st

Leinster Rugby have confirmed that scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park has been signed from the Hurricanes and will arrive in Dublin in time for pre-season training on 1st July.

The 24-year-old has played for the Maori All Blacks and was part of their squad that toured England in 2012. Isaac Boss, who won 23 Irish caps, is leaving Leinster after this season to return to New Zealand.

The age profile of Leinster's scrumhalves had been well documented with Boss 36-years-old and Eoin Reddan 35-years-old

"We are very happy to have secured two key signings ahead of next season," said , Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen.

“Jamison, for a young player, has a wealth of experience behind him already and was an ever-present in the Blues team last season in Super Rugby before signing with the Hurricanes.

“I think he will bring great competition to an area where we are well serviced with the likes of Mick McCarthy and Charlie Rock pushing the senior players hard already.

Leinster have also confirmed that lock Hayden Triggs has extended his contract and will remain with the club for the 2016/17 season.

“Hayden has been influential since joining us earlier this season and we are probably only now seeing the best of him as he unfortunately suffered that ankle injury against Bath in the Champions Cup.

“In 14 games for us to-date we have seen the leadership that Hayden brings to this team as well as his excellent work ethic with and without the ball.”

Cullen also confirmed that Leinster hope to finalise the remaining squad positions and the full Academy roster for next season in the coming weeks.

Johnny Watterson

Johnny Watterson

Johnny Watterson is a sports writer with The Irish Times

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