Monday 26 September 2016

New recruit Andress set to face Munster

Declan Rooney

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

New Munster signing will be able to show his class at Irish Independent Park when John Andress and Edinburgh come to town. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
New Munster signing will be able to show his class at Irish Independent Park when John Andress and Edinburgh come to town. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster supporters will get to have a good look at one of their new signings at Irish Independent Park when John Andress and Edinburgh come to town.

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Belfast-born Andress (32) has had an impressive career in the UK and moved to the Scottish side in 2014 after spells with Harlequins, Exeter and Worcester.

Tighthead Andress has forged a reputation as a fierce scrummager and has made 50 appearances for Edinburgh including all 20 Pro12 games this season.

Last week Andress broke the half-century mark for Alan Solomons' side as a replacement at the RDS, and his coach reckons Munster will have a gem on their hands next season.

"I'm chuffed to bits that John has got a position with Munster. He'll do a very good job there. He is a good scrummager, he knows what's going on in the scrum, that I can tell you," said Solomons.

"As we move forward we need to develop players who can play for Scotland at tighthead and that's what we'll be doing next year. So the time is right for John to move on."

Edinburgh will visit the Cork venue next weekend with a huge amount to up for grabs for both teams. Currently in sixth place, Edinburgh only lead Munster on scoring difference and a win for either side will have them in prime position to seal a Champions Cup spot with one game to go. Solomons expects a massive challenge from the home side.

"You don't go over there and have an easy game. It's a critical game. They're a very good side. Our game at home was extremely tight so it's going to be a tough game," he said.

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