Published: 10:57 | 12/5/21

Van Graan: No new signings for next season

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has confirmed that the province won't be looking to make any more signings ahead of next season.

With the arrival of Simon Zebo, Jason Jenkins and Rowan Osborne already confirmed, Van Graan is happy with the blend of youth and experience at his disposal.

Cork-born Zebo returns to the fold after spending three seasons with Racing 92, scrum half Osborne joins from Leinster and big South African lock Jenkins arrives on a one-year deal from Toyota Verblitz in Japan. 

Van Graan will be without the services of the departing Darren Sweetnam, JJ Hanrahan and Nick McCarthy, while Billy Holland, CJ Stander and Tommy O’Donnell are all set to retire, but the South African insists he is happy with what he has ahead of the new season.

“We are good with what we have now," he said. 

"We have Rowan, Zeebs and Jason coming in, I think it’s nine Academy guys are going up to the senior side, which is phenomenal. So, I am really happy with our senior squad.

“Obviously we will still add some guys, in conjunction with the IRFU, to our Academy. A lot of those guys haven’t played for a very long time, so that is very important to us.

“It’s still a long time to go until next year but we are already looking forward to that.

“Some pretty big players are going to leave Munster and I think that’s one of the reasons why everyone keeps going, because we have got a phenomenal squad in terms of the quality of men we have got in this team.

“There are some big men finishing up on June 21st, or whatever the date we finish. Then we will go on our off-season and we will restart again.

“Looking forward to next season, but we are in such a good place at the moment, just enjoying the performances that we are currently delivering.”

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