Andrew Hore linked with a move to Munster
Reports in the UK and in New Zealand have suggested that Munster are interested in bringing All Black hooker Andrew Hore to Thomond Park for the remainder of the season.
With Mike Sherry out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury, Rob Penney is believed to have sounded Hore out about the possibility of a short-term stint through till the end of the European season.
The 35 year-old announced his international retirement following the dramatic win over Ireland during the November series, having amassed 83 caps since making his debut back in 2002.
Hore was controversially released from the Hurricanes by coach Mark Hammett and joined the Highlanders in 2012 and has said he just wants to put in time on the family farm and turn out for his Maniototo club in the Central Otago competition, but he could be intrigued by the chance to taste some top-level European rugby.
All Black veteran Brad Thorn was similarly lured to Leinster a couple of years back from his post-World Cup stint in Japan to help them to their 2012 Heineken Cup triumph and Munster would welcome a similar impact for the remainder of their season.