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Published: 12:14 | 16/8/16

Nacewa named Leinster captain

Isa Nacewa is to captain Leinster for the 2016-17 season.

Nacewa took over the captaincy when Kevin McLaughlin was forced to announce his retirement from the game early last season and he will continue in the position for the upcoming campaign.

"Isa made a superb contribution to the club on his return last season. He stepped up brilliantly in Kev's absence and then just grew into the role as the season went on," head coach Leo Cullen commented.

"He is a perfect role model for the younger players but is also held in the highest regard by the senior members in our squad. He has a special connection with this club and with the supporters and we all look forward to seeing him back in action.”

Nacewa returned to Leinster ahead of last season and went on to score nine tries in 23 games for the Blues, although he missed out on the Guinness PRO12 final due to an arm injury.

While disappointed to miss out on the final, Nacewa is looking forward to the new campaign after enjoying a full pre-season.

"I'm delighted to be appointed captain again. This club means a lot to me and my family and I'm looking forward to the season now and to leading the lads again," the Leinster captain said.

"The body feels great. It was definitely worst case scenario in terms of how the season ended but the beauty of the timing of the injury is that I was here for the whole of the off-season and the planning of the pre-season. That included the review of the season, what went well, what needs to be better. So the body is in great shape. It's been a good exciting pre-season and it's been great having Charlie Higgins here. A new voice adding to the club.”

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