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Foley remains tight-lipped on O'Callaghan's Munster exit

Declan Rooney

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

Donncha O’Callaghan is expected to join English club Worcester Warriors in the coming weeks ahead of the new Premiership season
Donncha O’Callaghan is expected to join English club Worcester Warriors in the coming weeks ahead of the new Premiership season

Munster coach Anthony Foley says Donncha O'Callaghan's future with Munster will become a lot clearer in the next 24 hours.

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O'Callaghan is expected to join English club Worcester Warriors in the coming weeks ahead of the new Premiership season, but Foley says he is unable to reveal any of the details as of yet.

Munster's most-capped player of all time, O'Callaghan signed a new two-year deal in 2013 which should have kept him at the province until the end of this season, but it appears as if the Irish international could be on his way out to join the newly-promoted English side.

In recent seasons Munster players James Coughlan and Paul O'Connell have been granted early release from their contracts.

O'Callaghan featured from the bench in last Friday's pre-season victory over London Irish at Musgrave Park and it appears as if it could now be his last appearance in the red shirt.

"We're not allowed talk about it," said Foley. "It's not an issue for public consumption. Obviously we'll know more in the next 24 hours. You know more than me."

While it's unclear if O'Callaghan will add to his 263 Munster caps, both Dave Kilcoyne and Felix Jones are available to Foley for Saturday's Pro12 opener against Treviso.

Tyler Bleyendaal is also fit following a groin strain, but his fellow New Zealander Francis Saili will be given until today to prove his fitness following the concussion he picked up against London Irish.

"It's a return to play from concussion so it's the same as any other concussion players have. We treat it seriously and they'll go through the protocols and make a judgement tomorrow," Foley said.

Irish Independent

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