New Zealander Michael Bent could make his Ireland debut this month
Last Updated: 01/11/12 8:09am
Michael Bent: Could make his Ireland debut
Michael Bent remains on course for a Test debut during Ireland's autumn international series this month.
The New Zealander will train with the squad on Thursday and Friday before returning to new club Leinster ahead of their RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Ospreys on Sunday.
The 26-year-old prop qualifies for Ireland through his maternal grandmother and could be a welcome addition to Declan Kidney's squad.
"It's our job to assemble the best Irish-qualified group together," said Kidney. "In fairness to Leinster, they did a lot of groundwork in finding him.
"With the game-time the rest of the tighthead props have around the place, he's probably one of the most qualified in terms of being match-fit."
Bent recently played for Taranaki in New Zealand's ITM Cup. He also made five Super 15 appearances for the Hurricanes earlier this year.
Team manager Michael Kearney added: "He could play in one or two or all three games in November. It depends on what happens in the next week or two.
"Declan (Fitzpatrick) has just returned from injury, and we are keeping our options open."