Thursday 27 July 2017

Munster set to bring highly rated Irish scrum-half home from France

Racing 92's Irish James Hart (R) passes the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and Montpellier at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes on November 5, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Racing 92's Irish James Hart (R) passes the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and Montpellier at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes on November 5, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Munster's recruitment drive for next season is continuing at pace, with reports in France confirming that Irish scrum-half James Hart will be the latest player based abroad to join the southern province.

Out-half JJ Hanrahan is set to return to Munster next summer after two seasons away in Northampton, joined by big Grenoble centre Chris Farrell, who has previously played for Ulster.

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That duo would would add to a Munster backline that has already been boosted by the presence of Springbok Jaco Taute this season, with Rassie Erasmus' side also closing in on Racing 92 scrum-half James Hart.

As was first reported by Brendan Fanning in the Sunday Independent last month, the former Belvedere College student will return to Ireland next season after five seasons in France, four of which he played with Grenoble.

Hart, who regularly assumes the kicking duties at club level, would provide cover for Conor Murray when the Ireland star is on international duty.

The 25-year-old scored 274 points during his time with Bernard Jackman's Grenoble side.

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