Munster Release Statement As Gerbrandt Grobler Included In Squad Vs Zebre

Gerbrandt Grobler is in line for his first appearance for Munster's first team, as he has been included in the Munster squad for tomorrow night's Pro14 clash with Zebre.

Grobler is among the replacements, and Munster added the following statement to the team announcement this afternoon.

Munster Rugby and IRFU Statement on Gerbrandt Grobler

In relation to Gerbrandt Grobler’s selection for the province, Munster Rugby and the IRFU wish to reiterate that Gerbrandt, as a member of the Munster squad and living by our values, will continue to be considered for selection during his time with the province, once deemed fit.

While some hold the view that rugby should provide no road-back for those that have taken a banned substance in the past, it would not be within the spirit and values of rugby to turn its back on every person that ever made a bad decision, having made restitution.

Irish Rugby is recognised as operating one of the most stringent testing environments of any rugby nation with a zero tolerance approach to doping in the sport. The province and Irish Rugby are fully supportive of all WADA and World Rugby anti-doping policies.

Gerbrandt Grobler served a two-year ban from rugby and returned to play for Racing 92 in November 2016 as per the process set out by World Rugby.

Elsewhere, Simon Zebo is one of just three survivors from the team that wallopped Castres in the Champions Cup, the others being Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland.
JJ Hanrahan gets an opportunity at fly-half, while half-back partner Duncan Williams will make his 150th appearance for Munster. Ian Keatley, John Ryan, and Rory Scannell have been released from the international squad and are among the replacements.
The starting team in full:
Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Brian Scott; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Oliver, Robin Copeland.

And replacements:

Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Gerbrandt Grobler, Dave O’Callaghan, John Poland, Ian Keatley, Rory Scannell.

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