Friday 19 January 2018

Van den Heever forced to put Reds bow on ice

Declan Rooney

The arrival of new signing Gerhard van den Heever has created a buzz in the Munster camp, according to coach Rob Penney.

The South African completed his move to the side after his Western Province team lost out in the Currie Cup final – their first defeat of the season.

But after arriving with a groin injury, the powerful winger will have to wait until next week to make his Munster debut.

"He won't be in this week, he won't be playing," said Penney. "He arrived with a groin niggle so he misses out. We don't really know how long he will be out, but it shouldn't be more than a week."

According to his compatriot BJ Botha, Van den Heever has been welcomed with open arms to the ever-expanding South African community in Limerick.

Botha was joined last year by dynamic back-row CJ Stander, who has already shown the sights of the province to the new winger.

"Yeah, it's great to have Gerhard with us. He has slotted really well into the squad," said Botha.

"It can be difficult for the first few weeks, but we'll make him feel at home. He's a great guy and he should be a massive asset for us in Munster once he is fit."

Irish Independent

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