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French Media Report Munster Will Sign Two Irish Top 14 Players In The Summer

French Media Report Munster Will Sign Two Irish Top 14 Players In The Summer

Munster will reportedly bolster their blossoming squad with two Irish recruits from the French Top 14 next season.

Rugby journalist-slash-service provider Gavin Mortimer, whose translations from French sports papers frequent most Irish publications on Monday mornings, has gotten his hands on today's Midi Olympique, which has some positive news for already buoyant Munster fans.

According to Mortimer, Midi Olympique say Munster will not only swoop for perennial 'linkee' Chris Farrell in the summer, but will also sign Racing scrum-half James Hart as cover for Conor Murray.

Belfast's 23-year-old Farrell plays centre for Bernard Jackman's Grenoble, and has scored nine tries in 66 appearances for the Top 14 outfit.

He made his debut for Ulster at the age of just 18, versus Leinster no less, and has been frequently linked with a move to the southern province over the past eight months - with rumours circulating back in October that Munster had secured his signature.

Racing 9 Hart is 25, and a former teammate of Farrell's at Grenoble; the Dubliner was axed by Leinster on his Leaving Cert results day in 2011, and departed for France aged just 19.

Hart can also slot in at 10 such is his kicking ability. He's equally comfortable, too, behind the tee, and scored 274 points for Grenoble during his five-year stint - some 121 shy of his decent Leaving Cert effort at Belvedere.

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He was the only unused substitute as Munster trounced Racing in Colombes on Saturday.

Should he sign, Farrell will likely be seen as a straight replacement for the supreme Jaco Taute, whose extended Munster stay will finish at the end of this season. He'll face competition from a fellow Ulsterman in Sammy Arnold, along with Francis Saili and Rory Scannell.

Hart would fancy his chances of forcing his way onto Munster's bench ahead of Duncan Williams.

In any case both would be exciting recruitments, and were they to be joined by JJ Hanrahan, Munster would be in fine stead in terms of squad depth as Rassie Erasmus' revolution continues apace.

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Gavan Casey
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