Saturday 24 February 2018

Huge blow for Munster as star centre is ruled out for at least three months with shoulder injury

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

A tough season for Munster has just become a bit more formidable after the province announced that Francis Saili will be out for between three and four months after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The centre, who has been capped by the All Blacks, was the star signing of last summer and new Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus would have undoubtedly marked the New Zealander as a key contributor ahead of his first season in charge.

Munster revealed the news on their website this afternoon.

The southern province enter the upcoming campaign with a lot to prove after a poor 2015/16 season that saw the team slump to sixth in the Pro12 table. Erasmus was subsequently brought in to oversee Munster rugby.

Anthony Foley is still the head coach, but the the South African Director of Rugby now has the final say on team matters.

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