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6 years 8 months ago #15776

London Irish is delighted to announce the signing of Jamie Hagan from Irish province, Leinster, on a three year deal.

The 25-year old tighthead prop forward joined Leinster from school before moving across to Galway where he spent two years with Connacht, making 50 appearances. He moved back to Leinster in the summer of 2011.

Jamie was drafted into the Leinster Academy as an 18-year-old in 2005 and was capped, provincially and nationally, through the age grades. In 2007, he was a member of the Ireland team that captured the Under-20 Grand Slam.
Leinster followed his progress at Connacht and in June 2011 signed him back to the Irish capital. He played 18 times during 2011/12 and scored his first try for Leinster in a 42-13 win over Ulster.

London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “Jamie Hagan is a future Irish Test player, he’s cut his teeth in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and is more than ready to launch his Aviva Premiership career. He’s a tough, uncompromising prop coming into his prime and he’ll add more steel to our tight five. Jamie’s rugby talent and Irish heritage make him a perfect fit for the club. I’m genuinely delighted that he’s committed to London Irish for the next three seasons.”
The prop forward, who has made two appearances for the Irish Wolfhounds, said: "I'm looking forward to moving across to England and joining London Irish. They are a team with a rich heritage and proud Irish traditions which will really suit me. I would like to thank Leinster for all they have done for me and wish them well for the future. I look forward to joining London Irish next season and getting stuck in to Premiership rugby."


Careful Not-Nots, he has a habit of saying he's signing without following through!


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6 years 8 months ago #15777

You beat me to it Ummmm. Hope it works out for him. Ireland needs props and he should see decent gametime over in England. That said if he goes back to Leinster for a 3rd time after L.I. then he must be the dumbest motherf*cker ever.


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6 years 8 months ago #15779

he wont get capped there though. must mean that bj is getting his 2 yr contract! afaik jamie was plan b.

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6 years 8 months ago #15780

Probably not. That said when Ross goes in the near future he'll be perfectly placed to take over. Will be interested to see if Leinster sign someone new at prop or promote Moore or Furlong to 3rd choice. It means that Bent is now no. 2 at Leinster and with Ross maybe going on the Lions tour he'll be getting a lot more game time next season regardless.


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6 years 8 months ago #15784

Hagan had to move, there was no point him coming back to us. Whether he'll make it at London Irish I don't know but he really has to do something next season if he is to fulfil his promise. Again its another example of how little thought is put into the overall Irish rugby plan than its ended up this way.

He was actually more impressive than Bent in the Glasgow game last Saturday, looking at it now the move probably re-invigorated him a bit.

Some turnover at Leinster in the summer.

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6 years 8 months ago #15785

Agree that he was more impressive than Bent, he's been fairly decent all season and I think he's been treated pretty poorly by Leinster. The second string team in general get a bit of a raw deal, especially when they are in important positions like Hagan, as its very hard to impress at TH when the rest of the pack around you would not be up to heineken rugby standard for instance.

A three year deal is a big show of faith imo, considering the type of players who have received 3 year deals here lately. There are 5 other props at LI assuming none of them are leaving (although some might be or else why would they have signed Hagan?), which would suggest he will still have quite a fight on his hands to get consistent first team rugby.

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6 years 8 months ago #15789

I think L.I really wanted an Irish prop. Remember when I said they were after James Cronin at Munster? I have no idea what the thinking behind it is except maybe Hagan was going cheap and Irish props have being impressing when they've gone over recently i.e. James Cronin again. Think Hagan will do well there it's more forward orientated and will suit his style better.


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6 years 8 months ago #15794

phatguerilla wrote: Agree that he was more impressive than Bent, he's been fairly decent all season and I think he's been treated pretty poorly by Leinster. The second string team in general get a bit of a raw deal, especially when they are in important positions like Hagan, as its very hard to impress at TH when the rest of the pack around you would not be up to heineken rugby standard for instance.

A three year deal is a big show of faith imo, considering the type of players who have received 3 year deals here lately. There are 5 other props at LI assuming none of them are leaving (although some might be or else why would they have signed Hagan?), which would suggest he will still have quite a fight on his hands to get consistent first team rugby.


They're losing Alex Corbisiero this summer, so Hagan is a direct replacement. His only chance of fitting in at Leinster was if he was Top 6 schools or from SH, the same issue that brought him west (he felt her didn't fit in).

If they look after him at the Reading Not-Nots, they'll end up with a test class prop.


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6 years 8 months ago #15813

I really hope it works out for him at LI. I'm tired of every time I hear his name thinking "What if he stayed at Connacht?". He probably is too.

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6 years 8 months ago #15816

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phatguerilla wrote: Agree that he was more impressive than Bent, he's been fairly decent all season and I think he's been treated pretty poorly by Leinster. The second string team in general get a bit of a raw deal, especially when they are in important positions like Hagan, as its very hard to impress at TH when the rest of the pack around you would not be up to heineken rugby standard for instance.

A three year deal is a big show of faith imo, considering the type of players who have received 3 year deals here lately. There are 5 other props at LI assuming none of them are leaving (although some might be or else why would they have signed Hagan?), which would suggest he will still have quite a fight on his hands to get consistent first team rugby.


They're losing Alex Corbisiero this summer, so Hagan is a direct replacement. His only chance of fitting in at Leinster was if he was Top 6 schools or from SH, the same issue that brought him west (he felt her didn't fit in).

If they look after him at the Reading Not-Nots, they'll end up with a test class prop.


i thought corbisiero is a LH? at least thats where he plays for England when fit.

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6 years 8 months ago #15818

Good point Rossie, but the starting tighthead Aulika has tended to be moved over to loosehead when Corbisiero is unavailable, so his going might still benefit Hagan if this becomes a permanent shift.

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6 years 8 months ago #15819

connachtexile wrote: I think L.I really wanted an Irish prop. Remember when I said they were after James Cronin at Munster? I have no idea what the thinking behind it is except maybe Hagan was going cheap and Irish props have being impressing when they've gone over recently i.e. James Cronin again. Think Hagan will do well there it's more forward orientated and will suit his style better.


where did u hear/read that cronin was at LI? i cant find reference to it anywhere. are you sure you arent talking about John Ryan?

or alan cotter even?

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6 years 8 months ago #15821

Ryan went on a loan to L.I. but when he came back some other club asked for Ryan and was offered Cronin instead pretty sure he went but I might be mixing him up with Ryan. It was at the start of the season and I don't follow Munster as closely as I used to.

EDIT: Yes! It was Cotter not Cronin. Thanks for that.


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6 years 8 months ago #15822

salmson wrote: Good point Rossie, but the starting tighthead Aulika has tended to be moved over to loosehead when Corbisiero is unavailable, so his going might still benefit Hagan if this becomes a permanent shift.


Hagan will play regularly for Irish. He will power up again after leinsters attempts to change his game and will probably do well there. I was really hoping that he was heading south. He would have been a decent addition and probably shifted Bj during season assuming he stays. Chance lost for International team imo.(and munster).

makes a mockery of all these policy announcements from irfu re international team.

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6 years 8 months ago #15823

connachtexile wrote: Ryan went on a loan to L.I. but when he came back some other club asked for Ryan and was offered Cronin instead pretty sure he went but I might be mixing him up with Ryan. It was at the start of the season and I don't follow Munster as closely as I used to.

EDIT: Yes! It was Cotter not Cronin. Thanks for that.


i see where the mix up is. ryan went to LI and came back after a month. Cotter went and replaced him. Cotter then went to Bath for a month. Afaik Ryan was at Bath also. Cronin could do with a 3 mth spell over there but there is high hopes for him to share LH next season. might be too soon imo.

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6 years 8 months ago #15825

i think we missed out on getting hagan back. should of let rodney and cooney go. get hagan in.
we then would have 5 props on our books, buckley and wilko at LH and white and hagan at TH with locks being able to cover both.
we have 2 props i think coming up, and at a guess another joining the acedamy

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