Thursday 22 March 2018

Racing's Hart expected to make switch to Munster

Racing’s James Hart
Racing’s James Hart
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Munster will be adding to their scrumhalf options for next season if the signing of Racing player James Hart goes through as expected. Hart (25) spent five seasons with Grenoble before moving to Racing last summer on a three-year deal, but with little prospect of him getting a foothold in the senior squad the Paris club seem happy to let him go.

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus last night described the potential move as "speculation", but sources in France expect the deal to go through. It is thought Munster have also expressed an interest in the Brumbies' Puma scrumhalf, Tomas Cubelli, but he is contracted until next season in Australia, and getting him over the line with the IRFU would be a challenge.

Currently Munster's roster of 9s comprises Conor Murray and Duncan Williams - who is understood to be currently negotiating a contract extension - with John Poland in the Academy. Tomas O'Leary left to join Montpelier earlier in the season.

Hart made his debut for Racing in August, partnering Dan Carter, against Bordeaux, but he hasn't been able to oust Xavier Chauveau from the picture. Chauveau came off the bench in Glasgow on Friday night to score in a defeat that leaves Racing - the top 14 champions - pointless after three games. Munster travel to Paris to play their postponed fixture on 7 January.

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