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Munster star Jean Kleyn. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster star Jean Kleyn. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster star Jean Kleyn. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster powerhouse Jean Kleyn has expressed his desire to play for Ireland, bolstering Joe Schmidt's second-row options for the 2019 World Cup.

The South African joined Munster in August 2016 and will qualify to play for Ireland ahead of the tournament in Japan which kicks off in September next year.

He has quickly become one of the province's most important players since he was recruited by Rassie Erasmus last season and his power and size will be appealing to the Ireland coaches who lack depth at lock.

"When I moved over I knew full well that my career wouldn't be continued in South Africa," Kleyn told Sky Sports.

"I've laid down my roots here and I'm pretty intent on just staying here and if it happens that I do get the call-up to the Irish squad in the future, I'd love to play, but obviously that's not set in stone.

"I'm just going to keep playing my rugby and hope I'm good enough to make the cut."

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