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Stringer makes switch to Saracens

Peter Stringer will feature for Saracens in their Heineken Cup tie against the Ospreys at Wembley next weekend once the details can be sorted out between Munster and his temporary new club.

Saracens need the former Ireland No9 on a three-month 'medical joker' contract to tide them over an injury crisis at scrumhalf, as Neil de Kock and Richard Wigglesworth are both out.

Neither ERC nor the IRFU have any issue with Stringer making the move, and this weekend it was left to the chief executives of Munster and Saracens respectively to tie up the loose ends.

"It's just a question of getting the paperwork sorted out," Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said last night. "Peter is registered for Europe with us but because he didn't feature in any match-day 23, he is free to go to another club in the competition. When he asked us we weren't going to stand in his way given the massive contribution he has made to Munster over the years."

His agent, John Baker, sees the move as an ideal opportunity for the scrumhalf, who will be 34 in a fortnight.

"This will put Peter back in the shop window and allow him show what a valuable player he is," Baker said. "I think it's perfect for him."

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