Friday 9 December 2016

Chisholm aims to make mark

John Fallon

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Munster’s new signing Mark Chisholm is determined to make a big impact
Munster’s new signing Mark Chisholm is determined to make a big impact

New Munster signing Mark Chisholm is hopeful he can make an impact with the Reds over the next two seasons.

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The former Australian international made his debut in the win over Ospreys and is looking forward to his first home match next week against Pro12 champions Glasgow Warriors.

Chisholm has huge boots to fill, having been drafted in following the move by Paul O'Connell to Toulon, but he is looking forward to the challenge.

Chsiholm, who was 34 last week, joins Munster after captaining Bayonne for the past three seasons.

He was pleased with the winning start in Swansea when Munster made it two wins from two and hopes they can build on that when the Guinness Pro12 resumes next week.

"I would like to think I will bring something to the team," said the 6'6" lock, who played over 100 games for the Brumbies before moving to France. He made 89 appearances for Bayonne but could not prevent the Basque club from being relegated last season.

"The atmosphere here is different, here's a team who knows how to win the big games. Back in France we had a big leadership group to help along the way and if I can fine-tune a couple of areas that I'm good at, that I have learnt over the years, then so be it.

"For me it is all about learning off others," said Chisholm.

The Wallaby did not feature in the first game of the season when Munster scored an 18-13 win over Treviso at Irish Independent Parl as his work permit had not come through.

But he was on board when the Reds came from behind in the closing minutes to score a rare win at the Liberty Stadium when CJ Stander scored his third try of the campaign to snatch a 20-18 win over Ospreys.

Now they will try to maintain their winning start next week when the competition resumes and a Glasgow side who lost on the opening weekend to Scarlets but who held on to defeat Connacht in a high-scoring clash last time out.

That clash with the champions will be the first competitive game of the season for Munster at Thomond Park, with the game taking place next Friday evening with a 6pm kick-off. There will be another break after that as the World Cup continues with Munster back in action again on October 17.

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