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Friday 23 February 2018

van den Heever on way

Rob Penney says he is looking forward to unleashing Gerhard van den Heever after the new signing finished his commitments in South Africa last weekend, writes DECLAN ROONEY.

The winger, who is due to join up with Munster shortly, played in the Currie Cup final for Western Province but was denied a third winner's medal after their 33-19 defeat to the Sharks in Newlands.

And Penney believes that with the correct supply, he will prove a real hit at Thomond Park.

"Hopefully he'll be able to play as soon as he's here, whether he's selected in the group is another thing," said Penney. "But when he gets an opportunity he's bloody dangerous. Hopefully he is pretty excited about the opportunities that he is going to get here."

Van den Heever is the second South African to make the move under Penney's watch, with back-row CJ Stander joining up after last year's Currie Cup campaign with the Blue Bulls.

The Munster boss – who said Van den Heever could be added to his Heineken Cup squad – sees huge potential in him.

"Gerhard has got an attacking skill-set that we are really, really keen to engage with. That's why we got him here," he said.

"But there is an opportunity this week, with the injuries that we've had in the back field, for a couple of other young blokes to get an opportunity. If that comes to the fore then Gerhard's got some challenges in front of him to try to squeeze a place."

Irish Independent

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