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Cockerill confirms Dupuy to stay

Julien Dupuy
Dupuy scores the winning try

French scrum-half Julien Dupuy will be with Leicester next season, according to head coach Richard Cockerill.

"He's under contract, though his girlfriend (who lives in France) is a bit unsettled," said Cockerill. "We've had talks and he'll be here next year.

"We will make it as easy as possible for him to come and go back to France but he will be here for next season."

Dupuy's sparkling individual try late on gave Leicester a 20-15 Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Bath.

With just seconds remaining Dupuy wheeled away from the base of a Leicester ruck, broke through the Bath defence and scored under the posts.

"Dupuy's bit of magic at the end was as good as it gets," added Cockerill.


Cardiff lie in wait in the semi-final in a game that will be staged at the Millennium Stadium but it was Dupuy's "world-class" finish that had the Leicester coach purring with pleasure.

"Julien put some pace on the game against some tired defenders. He is one of the best players in the world at what he does. Even when he made the break he still had some work to do."

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