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Thursday 13 December 2018

Kieran Keane ‘not aware’ of Tiernan O’Halloran plan as Munster seek Simon Zebo replacement

Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran is tackled by Pierce Phillips of Worcester Warriors. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran is tackled by Pierce Phillips of Worcester Warriors. Photo: Sportsfile

Connacht coach Kieran Keane said he knows nothing about Munster being keen to bring his full-back Tiernan O’Halloran in to replace Simon Zebo.

“No, I can’t help you there because I don’t know,” Keane said.

The Clifden native (below) will be 27 in February, but he is one of the most experienced players in the Connacht squad, having made his debut as an 18-year old  in October 2009, and has chalked up 138 games for them.

He is one of around two dozen players out of contract at the Sportsground next summer, but with Kieran Marmion pledging his future to Connacht in recent weeks, O’Halloran is their most prized asset not yet nailed down for next season.

Coach Johann van Graan said yesterday, following the contract renewals by CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony, that replacing Zebo is a top priority.

“It’s an ongoing process, obviously full-back is a massive blow in terms of losing Zeebs.  We are keeping all of the guys that we want to keep within Munster, then we will look around if we need to fill other positions,” he said.

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