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Connacht loan Leinster duo

Leinster have sent scrum-half John Cooney and lock Quinn Roux to Connacht on loan.

Roux will join Leinster's rival province until December 31 with Cooney, who is spending the summer recovering from a shoulder injury, staying for the whole of the 2014-15 season.

Coach Matt O'Connor said, "Everyone at Leinster wishes both Quinn and John the best of luck with the move.

"For John the initial focus is to get the shoulder right and he will continue his rehab with us but then there is an opportunity for him to get some game time at Connacht and for a young player of 24 that is what he wants and what is ultimately in the best interests of his development."Quinn finished the season very strongly for us and played a massive part in the PRO12 and the B&I Cup run-in but again the reality is that, with competition for places as severe as it is at Leinster, he is a young lock and he needs game time. But we will look at his situation again in December. "This is an opportunity for both players and indeed for us at Leinster and Connacht, where hopefully everyone benefits.They are two talented players and fine individuals off the pitch as well and I wish them well."

Leinster have also confirmed centre Gordon D'Arcy had surgery on a long-standing shoulder injury on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for around three months.