Tuesday 22 August 2017

Bernard Jackman's Grenoble enter the race to sign Munster's Ian Keatley

Keatley has been targeted by Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus as one of a number of players who may have to move on this summer. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Keatley has been targeted by Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus as one of a number of players who may have to move on this summer. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Bernard Jackman's Grenoble have joined fellow Top 14 side Montpellier in the race to secure the signature of Munster's Irish international out-half Ian Keatley.

Keatley, 29, has been targeted by Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus as one of a number of players who may have to move on this summer as the province have lined up a move back home for JJ Hanrahan to challenge Tyler Bleyendaal in the out-half role.

Jackman's side are struggling at the foot of the Top 14 table and have suffered financial difficulties but he has apparently committed to remain with the side who have vowed to make a swift return to the top flight if relegated.

Leicester Tigers have proposed that their next coaching reshuffle following the sacking this week of Richard Cockerill will embrace an enhanced role for the long-serving Geordan Murphy, who has worked alongside Aaron Mauger in recent seasons.

Leinster duo Stuart Lancaster and Leo Cullen have been tenuously linked with the role, as has Cullen's predecessor Matt O'Connor but whoever takes the role, Murphy has been promised a more wide-ranging involvement.

Racing Metro have vowed to take their want-away out-half Johan Goosen to court. Goosen has walked away from a lucrative four-year deal amidst speculation that David Humphreys' Gloucester, as well as Montpellier, were lining up an audacious move for the South African.

"Racing 92 believes that the club is a victim of blatant fraud which Johan Goosen, his associates and various advisers must answer for in court," said the club in a lengthy, strongly-worded statement.

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