Sunday 22 April 2018

Munster close on Pumas skipper, all black centre

Munster are set to sign Argentinian hooker Agustín Creevy
Munster are set to sign Argentinian hooker Agustín Creevy
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster are set to sign Argentinian hooker Agustín Creevy as fears grow over the future of Damien Varley's career, writes Cian Tracey.

Creevy who is currently playing with English Championship table toppers Worcester Warriors has been capped 36 times by the Pumas and was named captain of his country last year.

Munster have become increasingly concerned over the fitness of Varley, who has only featured once this season because of a persistent foot injury that has required several surgeries.

Fellow hooker Mike Sherry hasn't played this season because of a shoulder injury which prompted Munster to draft in Eusebio Guinazu on a short-term contract.

Creevy (29) has had spells in France with Biarritz, Clermont Auvergne and Montpellier and would add considerable experience.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent also understands that Munster have made Blues centre Francis Saili their primary target as they look to bolster their backline.

Having missed out on Australian Rob Horne, the highly rated Saili - who has been capped twice by the All Blacks - is thought to be discussions with the province about a move.

The 23-year-old made his New Zealand debut against Argentina in 2013 but was hampered by injury last year which saw him slip down the pecking order.

Munster are actively looking for a new midfielder and Saili's signature would be a major coup for Anthony Foley.

Irish Independent

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