Thursday 19 September 2019

Munster snap up Springbok lock on short-term deal

Jean Deysel
Jean Deysel

Jack O'Toole

Munster has signed former Springbok lock Jean Deysel on a three-month loan deal to help cover the injured duo of Jean Kleyn and Dave Foley.

The province confirmed on Wednesday morning that Deysel will join the club later this month subject to being granted a valid work permit, with Foley requiring surgery on his injured wrist while Kleyn remains sidelined with a neck injury.

Commenting on the signing of Deysel, Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said that Deysel "will be a valuable addition" to Munster's squad as the province enters the business end of their season.

"On the lock situation, it’s always a challenge when we have two of our experienced players ruled out through injury, and we have a third, Mark Chisholm, only back training after a year out from the game due to concussion," said Erasmus.

"We needed to bolster the squad in that area with the trio unavailable, especially as we enter the business end of both the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO12.  Jean (Deysel) comes with the talent and experience to hit the ground running at this busy period. He will be a valuable addition to the squad."

Deysel joins Munster after spending the last decade with the Sharks Super Rugby and Currie Cup sides and is capable of playing in a number of positions including blindside flanker.

Elsewhere, Munster has also re-signed promising Ireland international Jack O’Donoghue, and wingers Ronan O’Mahony and Alex Wootton.

The trio will remain with the province until at least June 2019 with O’Donoghue already passing the half century mark for the province after receiving his 50th cap for Munster against Connacht in January.

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O’Donoghue and O’Mahony have been an integral part of Munster’s squad this season with Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo all away on international duty, and Erasmus is delighted to have retained the trio’s services for the next three seasons.

"It’s great to see players who have come through our academy system commit their future to Munster," added Erasmus.

"Jack and Ronan are among our standout players this season, and while injury has kept Alex side-lined of late, he really impressed when opportunity presented itself earlier in the season and is an exciting prospect.  It’s good to have all three on board as we continue to build our squad depth."

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