Makos skipper good man for Leinster crisis
Tasman Makos captain Andrew Goodman is ready for his Leinster debut this weekend, having fitted in seamlessly following his arrival from New Zealand, according to skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy.
Goodman enjoyed his first training session in Limerick with the European champions on Monday.
He arrived with Taranaki prop Michael Bent, who has attracted far more attention, having been thrust straight into the Ireland squad by head coach Declan Kidney.
But Murphy was quick to herald the arrival of Goodman, who is expected to play some part against Ospreys this weekend.
"Andrew has come in and is training today," Murphy told the Irish Independent on Monday.
"It will have to be a steep learning curve for him; we'd like him to be involved at the weekend.
"He is going to be centre or at No 10. He will be in the midfield three and we're looking forward to seeing what he brings.
"He is excited about being here and already seems to be fitting in so well."
Goodman's arrival, which strengthens Leinster's backline, is particularly timely for the club, with news that fullback Rob Kearney required surgery on his back, while Kiwi utility Isa Nacewa has suffered a hand injury.
"It's a massive blow for us. Isa is a pivotal player for us in these moments. He's not there, so we have to look at other players stepping up and filling those shoes," said Murphy.
Goodman's efforts with Tasman this season have also been duly acknowledged after he and loose forward Tevita Koloamatangi were jointly named Makos' Men of the Year at the team's end-of-season function.
No 8 Jordan Taufua was predictably named Player of the Year and flanker Shane Christie, selected this week alongside Tasman team-mate Quentin MacDonald in the Maori All Blacks, was named Defender of the Year.