Munster have signed South African forward Jean Deysel from the Sharks on a three-month loan deal.
The 32-year-old, who can play in both the second row and back row, has been acquired due to injuries sustained by both Dave Foley and Jean Kleyn.
Deysel has four test caps for the Springboks, won between 2009 and 2011, along with more than 70 Super Rugby appearances for the Sharks.
Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said that Deysel will a valuable addition to his squad.
On the lock situation, it’s always a challenge when we have two of our experienced players ruled out through injury, and we have a third, Mark Chisholm, only back training after a year out from the game due to concussion. We needed to bolster the squad in that area with the trio unavailable, especially as we enter the business end of both the Champions Cup and Guinness PRO12. Jean (Deysel) comes with the talent and experience to hit the ground running at this busy period. He will be a valuable addition to the squad.
Along with the signing of Deysel, Munster also announced two-year contract extensions for back row Jack O'Donoghue and wingers Ronan O'Mahony and Alex Wooton.
It’s great to see players who have come through our academy system commit their future to Munster. Jack and Ronan are among our standout players this season, and while injury has kept Alex side-lined of late, he really impressed when opportunity presented itself earlier in the season and is an exciting prospect. It’s good to have all three on board as we continue to build our squad depth.