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Taute a major loss for Munster as bad knee injury rules him out

(Jaco Taute and Jean Klein, pictured with one of the Springs High School players who played against Thomond last October)
IT was obvious last Saturday in Thomond Park, when Munster centre Jaco Taute went down with an injury, that it was a serious one. The South African had to be stretchered off after trying to get on his feet and the signals from the medical staff were not good.
Tonight it was announced that Jaco has suffered a knee ligament injury and will be out for at least six months. It is a serious blow to Munster at this crucial period of the season with this Saturday’s derby game against Leinster and the two Championship Cup games beckoning in successive weeks.
The 26-year-old is expected to follow a rehabilitation programme until approximately next March.
Taute, who is from Springs in Johannesburg, has made a major impression here since his arrival and was to be a key player in the centre during the current campaign. With Dan Goggin also out for a long term, Munster may now have to look to JJ Hanrahan as a possible candidate to cover for the 12 or 13 positions.
Tonight Roy Keane spoke on RTE Radio about the risks of modern sport, expressing the view that “every time you go over the white line as a professional athlete you are at risk of serious injury.”

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