Saturday 18 November 2017

Rassie Erasmus has signed a new out-half for Munster

Steve Crosbie
Steve Crosbie
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster have completed the signing of former Leinster academy back Steve Crosbie on a short-term deal.

The St Gerard's graduate has spent the last number of weeks playing New Zealand Heartland Cup rugby at Wanganui alongside second-row Gavin Thornbury, but is returning home to link up with Rassie Erasmus's side.

The out-half, who can also play in midfield, made two appearances for the Blues during his time at the Academy but did not secure a senior contract.

Munster currently have a shortage at out-half after Johnny Holland's enforced retirement as Bill Johnson recovers from injury. They also have a long list of injuries in the centre, which creates an opening for the 23-year-old who will link up with his new team-mates next week.

His departure came as a shock to the New Zealand club, with Wanganui coach Jason Caskey expressing his surprise.

"I didn't know anything about it until Tuesday morning, 6.30am phone call. Bloody great surprise to me," he told  the Wanganui Chronicle.

"I didn't want to stand in his way. A bit unfortunate with the timing of it. Another month would've been nice."

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