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December 6 2017 2:30 AM
Former Ireland out-half David Humphreys is one of the men trying to coax Peter O'Mahony into a move away from Munster.
Gloucester are understood to be the English team in the mix for the Reds' captain who is in negotiations with the IRFU and a number of French outfits.
Although the Premiership side are enjoying a revival of sorts after a period lingering close to the bottom of the table despite significant investment, they are on the look-out for a blindside flanker after Ross Moriarty announced he'll be moving to Dragons.
They are not one of the biggest spenders in the English or French games, but have still been able to land some big names and the expected departure of former Ulster prop John Afoa could free up enough budget to make a competitive offer for the Ireland blindside.
They face competition from at least two French clubs, one of which is thought to be Pau who are coached by former Munster assistant Simon Mannix and have a contingent of O'Mahony's former team-mates on their books as well as former All Blacks Conrad Smith and Colin Slade.
However, the most likely scenario remains the captain remaining with his home province if the IRFU can increase their offer enough to find common ground with the player's representatives.
Meanwhile, Leinster have chosen not to register new New Zealand winger James Lowe for their Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs this weekend.
A little-known tournament law states that each team can only pick two 'overseas players' in a match-day 23 and as a result of their alternative back-three options, the Irish province have decided to go with what they have in order to be able to select Scott Fardy and Jamison Gibson-Park.
Although a number of nations are exempt from the 'overseas' tag, New Zealand and Australia are not.
While there was nothing stopping Lowe - who scored two-tries on debut last weekend - from being registered, Leinster have held off for this round.
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