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Saturday 25 November 2017

Flying winger Van den Heever jets in to join up with Red Army

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THE Munster squad has finally been completed as South African winger Gerhard van den Heever touched down in Cork.

The South African's arrival was delayed by his club Western Province's run to the Currie Cup final which ended in defeat 10 days ago.

He will have a week to settle in the south-west before beginning training next Tuesday when the squad come back from their week's break during the internationals.

He was met at the airport by Munster manager Niall O'Donovan and said he was looking forward to an exciting challenge and getting down to some hard work with his new club.

"For the last month I have been really excited about coming here, it's a great new experience for me to join Munster and be part of their pride, tradition and honour," he said. "I'm hoping to start training on Tuesday and settle into the team, I just want to get stuck into it and be part of the success that they have here at Munster."

CONTRACT

Meanwhile, Connacht agreed a new two-year contract with openside Willie Faloon.

Currently out of action with a broken foot, suffered when playing against his former club Ulster in September, the 27-year-old fans favourite, is delighted to extend his stay in the west with Connacht.

"I'm delighted to be playing here for another two years. Since I arrived, I've been made to feel so welcome by the lads and supporters alike, it's really fantastic to be here," he said.

"Obviously, it's extremely disappointing to be injured, but I still feel very much a part of the team and what's going on and I'm actively involved in analysis and team meetings.

"Right now, I'm working hard with the physio Gavin (Malouf) and the conditioning staff to come back improved as soon as possible."

Irish Independent

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