Wednesday 11 December 2019

Munster confirm departure of Alby Mathewson from Thomond Park

Alby Mathewson. Photo: Sportsfile
Alby Mathewson. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster have confirmed that the club will bid farewell to Alby Mathewson at Thomond Park this weekend as the Kiwi scrum-half gets set to leave the club.

The writing had been on the wall for Mathewson, who joined Munster on an initial short-term deal before spending 15 months in Limerick.

The 33-year old had a big impact on the club, particularly in the work he did with the younger scrum-halves.

Having signed Nick McCarthy from Leinster during the summer as well as Craig Casey and Jack Stafford coming through, it was always likely that Mathewson would not have his latest contract renewed.

The popular Kiwi , who won five caps for the All Blacks, joined Munster from Toulon last year and is now searching for a new club.

Having spent plenty of time in Europe in recent years, it remains to be seen if Mathewson will be snapped up by a souther hemisphere club ahead of the start of the new Super Rugby season.

Speaking earlier this month, an emotional Mathewson paid tribute to his time with Munster.

I knew that coming here that it was only a short-time move and from four months it has been over a year now.

"The long and short of it is I'm not too sure. I've enjoyed it here, I'd love to stay. I started the campaign but I know the position and it's tricky.

"Whatever happens, happens. It's a tough situation. I've moved around a bit. This is tougher without having my family here.

"You never get used to moving. Here has been different. I've made really good friends and without my family here I've got really close with guys here because that is all I've got. It's tough.

"If my contract does finish, I've nothing in the pipeline at the minute. When I get a yes or no, I can try to then work something out.

"At the moment I'm just living the moment, there's a great vibe here. Just living in the here and now, it's all I can do."

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