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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Reds linked with move for Kiwi Donald as Warwick replacement

All Blacks midfielder Stephen Donald has been linked with a switch to Munster as the province seek a replacement for Paul Warwick, who is joining Stade Francais at the end of the season, writes Hugh Farrelly.

Warwick was the designated out-half cover for Ronan O'Gara since he joined the province from Connacht, but also had the ability to play centre, wing and full-back.

Donald is similarly versatile and reports from New Zealand claim the 27-year-old, who has played 22 Tests for the All Blacks and was on the side that beat Munster in 2008, could be on his way to the southern province.

The New Zealand Union, who are poised to announce an annual loss of NZ$10m (€5.5m), are keen to cut their principal cost of player salaries, with Donald leaving the Chiefs to join Munster and Mils Muliaina moving to Japan, the two departures causing debate in New Zealand.

However, three of New Zealand's highest profile and highest paid players -- flanker Richie McCaw, out-half Dan Carter and centre Ma'a Nonu -- are not expected to leave.

Irish Independent

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