Friday 15 December 2017

Munster confirm two new signings but look set to miss out on one of their main targets

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Munster have confirmed the capture for next season of former Munster academy player Darren O'Shea and former Ireland A tighthead prop John Andress from Edinburgh.

O'Shea will return to the province at the start of the 2016/17 season. From Crosshaven in Cork, O'Shea moved to Worcester Warriors at the start of the 2014/15 season after completing one year in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and has made 27 appearances for the English side who were promoted to Premiership Rugby at the start of this season.

The 23-year-old lock is a product of the provincial age-grades and featured for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup.

The province can also confirm that Edinburgh tighthead prop John Andress will begin a one year deal with Munster in July. Capped for Ireland at U21 and A level, the Ulster native enjoyed spells at Exeter, Worcester and Harlequins before joining Edinburgh on a two-year deal in 2014. The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for the Scottish club.

There was also some bad news on the transfer front with reports in L'Equipe that Munster target Johan Goosen is on the verge of signing a new four-year deal with Racing 92.

The South African flyhalf was reported to be on Anthony Foley's transfer wishlist.

Goosen is currently the second string outhalf at racing behind All Blacks legend Dan Carter.

On the injury front, Munster confirmed that Australian lock Mark Chisholm requires an extended break from the game following the concussion he sustained against Newport-Gwent Dragons at Thomond Park earlier this month.

As a result, the Australian international will play no further part in this season's competitive action.

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