Is Big Nathan the New Rocky?

Rory BaldwinCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16:  Nathan Hines of the Lions looks on  during the match between the Southern Kings and the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour of South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Rocky Elsom that is, not Balboa.

After his Wikipedia entry was recently amended to suggest he would be moving to Wales (the Ospreys and the Scarlets simultaneously), it seems that Scottish Lion and general all-round troublemaking loon Nathan Hines is now set to leave French Top 14 Champs Perpignan for Irish Province Leinster.

Hines would then be able to team up with fellow Lions BOD, Fitzgerald, Kearney, and Heaslip, aiming to fill the Australian sized gap left by the return of Rocky Elsom.

Presumably, the USAP lot are wound up after he prized a Lions' shirt over victory in the championship and they have decided to let him go. This could be a valuable signing for Leinster, and should be able to give plenty of insight into the Irish camp come Six Nations time.

It's a shame that one of the pro-teams couldn’t have snapped him up, but with the likes of beanpole Richie Gray coming through the ranks at Glasgow, perhaps youth development is more of a focus these days—hardly a bad thing.


Scotsman Report

It's also being reported that Euan Murray has actually broken his leg on tour in South Africa and will be out for longer than feared. In addition, he might not be ready in time for the autumn internationals.