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New South African second-row Deysel joins the Munster squad

ANOTHER South African will make the long trek to Thomond Park over the coming days. Seasoned campaigner Jean Deysel (pictured) will join the already well-bedded-in Southern Hemoisphere’s Jaco Taute, Jean Klein, CJ Stander, Francis Saili, Mark Chisolm, Tyler Bleyendaal, Rhys Marshall and Te Aihe Toma, or is there more than that?
in the current Munster squad. Deysel comes with a huge reputation and bucket-loads of experience having played seven times with the Springboks and over 70 times in the Super Rugby competitions. The 32-year-old Sharks player, on a three month loan, awaits his work permit before pulling on the red jersey for the first time.
The decision to bring in the second-row was made after Jean Kleyn was ruled out due to a neck injury.
This week Munster confirmed two-year contract extensions for back-row Jack O’Donoghue and wingers Ronan O’Mahony and Alex Wootton. The contract extensions will see O’Donoghue, O’Mahony and Wootton remain with the province until at least June 2019 with all three products of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.
Needing just two more tries to reach 100 points scored in the red jersey, Ronan O’Mahony leads the way as Munster’s leading try scorer this season, crossing the whitewash on no less than nine occasions in twenty appearances. Progressing from the academy ranks last summer, Wootton has shown much promise when taking to the field in this season’s PRO12. The speedster has made six competitive appearances to date, including his first start against Zebre in October and his first try against Treviso in November. The 22-year-old is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury sustained in B&I Cup action in December.
Meanwhile on a player injury front it has been confirmed that Dave Foley requires surgery for an ongoing wrist complaint with the Tipperary lock undergoing the procedure in the coming week.
In keeping with EPCR tournament rules Deysel and Young Munster scrum-half Abrie Griesel have been nominated as Munster’s additional players for the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup. Griesel made his Guinness PRO12 debut against Ospreys in November and has two caps.
Rassie Erasmus explained the reason for the additions to the squad at this stage of the season: “On the lock situation, it’s always a challenge when we have two of our experienced players ruled out through injury, and we have a third, Mark Chisholm, only back training after a year out from the game due to concussion. We needed to bolster the squad in that area with the trio unavailable, especially as we enter the business end of both the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO12. Jean (Deysel) comes with the talent and experience to hit the ground running at this busy period. He will be a valuable addition to the squad.”

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