Northampton keeping close eye on Nagle

PROMISING Munster lock Ian Nagle has attracted the attentions of English Premiership giants Northampton Saints.

A spokesperson for the Franklin’s Gardens outfit said they do not comment on players leaving or joining the club but sources confirmed they watched Nagle in action on Friday for Munster A in their win over Nottingham in the British and Irish Cup.

Ironically, the 22-year-old was yesterday added to Tony McGahan’s squad for their final Heineken Cup pool game against London Irish on Saturday.

Second row Nagle, from Buttevant in Co. Cork secured a development contract at the start of the season after spending two years with the Munster Academy, and has made five appearances in the Magners League, also putting in a man-of-the-match performance against Australia last November. Munster are understood to have offered him a full contract amid fears that he has had his head turned by the Saints. Nagle is also conscious of the fact that Paul O’Connell, Donncha O’Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan and Mick O’Driscoll are all ahead of him in the queue for second row with Munster.

Nagle is a former schools player with Glenstal and the Cork Con player has been tipped as a key man in the rebuilding of Munster following their exit from the Heineken Cup.

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