Saturday 24 June 2017

Munster dealt a blow as Sweetnam ruled out of Champions Cup run-in

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Munster will be without in-form wing Darren Sweetnam for their three remaining Champions Cup fixtures after the 23-year-old was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Sweetnam didn't return after half time of Munster's comprehensive bonus point win over Leinster on St Stephen's Day, with the province today confirming that the ex-Cork hurler will miss next weekend's trip to Paris to face Ronan O'Gara's Racing 92 side, as well as the return game in Limerick and the pool finale away to Glasgow.

Munster also announced that Jaco Taute has re-signed until June 2017, news which was first reported last week in the Irish Independent. Scrum-half Angus Lloyd will also remain with the team until the summer.

"Thankfully all parties have successfully come together in permitting us to secure Angus and Jaco for the remainder of the season," Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus told the Munster website.

"We were keen to retain the services of both players as we move on to our next fixtures. With Cathal (Sheridan) continuing to rehab a long-term ankle injury and Conor (Murray) unavailable to us during the international window Angus will bolster our options at scrumhalf.

"Similarly, with Jaco already in the system, having him available as a fullback or centre will be invaluable as our backline options will need to adapt with international commitments and following recent injuries to Alex Wootton, Bill Johnston and Darren Sweetnam."

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