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Munster travel in hope to Italy as JJ Hanrahan move overshadows Zebre clash


jj hanrahan

jj hanrahan

jj hanrahan

It is probably best for Munster to carry out their business far from the prying eyes of the cameras.

Just for now.

This should have been a good week for the southern province with out-half Ian Keatley extending his contract and Ireland U20 number eight Jack O'Donoghue one of three others to sign on.

Instead, it has become all about how they could not hold onto what many observers see as their most gifted back asset JJ Hanrahan.

Munster waited to come to the table with a boosted three-year deal as the speculation of Northampton Saints' interest came home to roost.

Sure, the money would have been a factor. But, ultimately, Hanrahan may just have gone because his face, or his skills, just don't fit in at pragmatic Munster.

The Kerryman likes to play it as he sees it. This means he will make mistakes on the road to reaching his potential. And Hanrahan has made many of them under Rob Penney and now Anthony Foley.

Perhaps, it is just as well for the hugely talented playmaker to learn his trade in The Premiership before he can return home as the finished article.

In contrast to Ulster's visit to Treviso, this could be a good time for Munster to go to Zebre.

The Italians have now slipped to three successive Guinness PRO12 defeats and their only previous victory in 25 encounters with Irish provinces in all tournaments came at home to Ulster in late September.