Munster have boosted their squad with the signings of a South African forward pair flanker Chris Cloete and lock Gerbrandt Grobler.
26-year-old Cloete has signed to the province on a three-year contract and will link up with the squad after the Currie Cup, whilst 25-year-old Grobler is committing on a one-year deal and will be arriving in Limerick during pre-season.
Grobler, who also previously played Super Rugby with the Stormers, will join from French Top 14 side Racing 92. Throughout the 2016/17 season, he made 20 appearances scoring five tries. He’s a familiar face too, having lined up against Munster in round two of the Champions Cup, which finished in a 32-7 win for the Irish province. He has previously played for Western Province in the Currie and Vodacom Cups, adding to his experience.
The Southern Kings and Pumas’ Cloete has had an impressive season in Super Rugby, making 21 appearances and scoring six tries in the 2017 campaign. Such form saw him earn a South African A side call-up in which he excelled in a 48-28 win against the French Barbarians during the June series, scoring two tries.
He has also played for Western Province in the Currie and Vodacom Cups and had a brief spell playing in Sri Lanka.
The tally of incoming players rises to five for Munster after this morning’s news, with Chris Farrell, James Hart and JJ Hanrahan already committing ahead of the upcoming season.
Rob Lynch, Pundit Arena