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McGahan plays 'foreign' waiting game

Published 04/08/2011 | 05:00

Munster coach Tony McGahan is prepared to wait until after the World Cup before filling the one remaining foreign contract in his squad.

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The vacancy arose following Sam Tuitupou's move to Sale Sharks and McGahan said that replacing the inside-centre is the primary objective with the remaining non-Irish contract.

The global search has so far failed to find a suitable candidate, but McGahan is keeping a watching brief on a number of suitable candidates.

"We may have to wait until after the World Cup and that's fine. We have not found a suitable candidate yet, but the World Cup is a factor," said McGahan (left).

"The announcement of the squads later this month could have a bearing.

"There may be some who feel they might lessen their chances of making a World Cup squad if they declare an intention to go abroad, so some might come into the frame at that point.

"Then, of course, others will emerge during the tournament and we will have to wait and see who comes through. Getting the most suitable player is the most important thing and we are prepared to wait."

Irish Independent

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