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Fitzgerald starts the long road to redemption

Luke Fitzgerald's performance in Leinster's 33-14 victory over Scarlets in Pool Five was undoubtedly an added bonus for the Heineken Cup champions on Saturday.

Fitzgerald was the standout performer on wet night at the RDS in Dublin, with the 25-year-old behind most of Leinster's best moments against the Welsh club, rightly getting a standing ovation from the crowd.

He returned to the fold a week previous against Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro12, and he capped off what has been a promising fortnight with a second-half try against Scarlets.

Understandably, there is now a fresh wave of optimism sweeping across Leinster and Irish rugby, with Fitzgerald sure to push Keith Earls and Simon Zebo for a place on Declan Kidney's wing - or even perhaps a role at centre.

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